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The Gospel Messenger 



" SET FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE GOSPEL."— Phil. 



Mount Mokris, III., January '2, 1897. 



The Gospel Messenger, 

PolUiiea Wertl?, it H.BO per AMam, \j 

The Brethren's Publishing Co., 
Mount Morris, Illinois. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



^EDITORIAL + MISCELLANY- 



Different nations have their different ways of 
solving perplexing questions. In Europe some 
people are said to throw themselves in front of 
moving trains, in the hope of recovering damages 
from the railroad companies for injuries received. 
Such conduct often leads to litigation, and fre- 
quently perplexes the best legal advisers. In Japan 
such problems are settled on an entirely different 
basis. The Japanese maintain the train cannot get 
out of the way, so men must, and when a child is 
killed by an engine, the father is fined for permit- 
ting his child to cross the track when a train is ap- 
proaching. The owner of a cow is also fined if he 
permits his animal to get on the track and interfere 
with the train in any manner. We hardly know 
what moral lesson to draw from this unique way of 
looking at things, unless it is, that, since the drunk- 
en man does not know what he is doing, when under 
the influence of liquor, the saloon-keeper should be 
heavily finea for making him drunk, and be made 
to pay for all the damages he does. This would 
probably settle the saloon question. 



sufferings. The persecution through which these 
earnest people have just passed is said to have been 
one of the most appalling on record, and it will re- 
quire years for them to regain what they have lost. 
We also believe that a peaceable settlement of this 
Eastern question points to a better period in the 
Bible Land*. It will probably open up ways for 
more railroads, and render traveling more conven- 
ient, as well as much safer. We hail anything of 
the kind that will advance improvements, civiliza- 
tion and open up the way for Christianity and edu- 
cation. 

The rise and fall of empires remind one of the 
manner in which wealth comes and goes among the 
different families. The descendants of the rich 
man generally become poor after a few generations, 
and give other poor people a chance to accumulate 
property. The thing changes about every third 
generation. This leads us to say that great empires 
and kingdoms cannot always exist. After reaching 
their glory they decline and give other govern- 
ments a chance. And these, in turn, may fall as 
rapidly as they come to the front. Ages ago there 
seems to have been a strong kingdom in Central 
America, In the way of civilization, wealth and 
culture, it may have compared well with the most 
favored lands of earth. The ruins of great, buried 
cities and wonderful temples and monuments, 
would seem to indicate this. But long before his- 
tory recorded its achievements, its glory departed, 
and for years Central America has been divided up 
into little divisions, and each one very weak. A 
few of the little Republics have formed a Confeder- 
ation, to be known as the " Republic of Central 
irica." As time goes by, this may result in a 
n of all the Central American divisions, and 
thus lay the foundation for returning to the pros- 
perity once enjoyed in this part of the world. And 
while temporal glory is earnestly sought, it is to be 
hoped that the new "power to be" will become 
sufficiently Christianized to permit the loyal follow- 
ers of Christ to worship him without being in the 
least molested. We certainly enjoy seeing the 
hand of God in all such movements. 



It seems that all the powers have now agreed 
that Turkey must be brought to terms, and the am- 
bassadors in Constantinople have been instructed 
to agree upon proposals with a view of improving 
the situation in the Ottoman Empire. While the 
details are not yet completed, it appears that some- 
thing is certain to be done, and that, if the Sultan 
will not yield to fair and just requirements, it may 
not go so well with either himself or his empire. 
Since all the powers, including Russia, have united 
in this agreement, and will probably act in concert, 
it is not likely that the Sultan, or any part of his 
kingdom, will offer any resistance. We trust this 
means a better day for the Christian workers 
Turkey, and that it means an end to the Armenian 



We are surprised that a religious journal should 
icourage, or even approve of, the unnecessary in- 
ease of our navy. But this is what a late issue of 
the Christian Standard does, after stating that our 
steel navy, when completed, will contain seven- 
ty-five vessels. We believe that the very spirit of 
Christianity is decidedly opposed not only to war, 
but the learning of war. Under no circumstances 
should Christianity yield to the war spirit. There 
power enough in the Christian churches to put an 
end to all of these war preparations, and thus lift an 
enormous burden from the shoulders of the tax- 
paying people. There is probably no greater curse 
than war, and no greater blessing than peace. It 
seems to us that every Christian journal, as well as 
every preacher, professing the name of Christ, 
should oppose war and teach the principles of 
peace. The great standing armies of earth should 
be disbanded, and the war vessels and fortifications 
turned to a better use. The nations are being 
crushed by enormous debts, caused, principally, by 
unnecessary war preparation. Why should civilized 
nations prepare for war with each other any more 
than two devout deacons, living on opposite sides 
of a creek, should go to a great expense in the pur- 
chase of guns, swords and ammunition, in order to 
be ready for a deadly conflict with one another? 
There is no more sense in the one case than in the 
other. We again insist on Christian journals advo- 



cating the doctrine of the Prince of Peace, and not 
permitting themselves to be carried away by the 
military spirit of the age. If Christian journals will 
not mould the public sentiment in favor of peace, 
and in opposition to war, then, pray, tell us what is 
to become of the doctrine of peace, so clearly rec- 
ommended by the Founder of the kingdom of 

We know that it is not safe for the young man, 
or the older one, either, for that matter, to under- 
take to make a success of the Christian life, with 
bad habits hanging about him. It is also growing 
daily more difficult for him to secure employment, 
in many of the departments ol life, when it is known 
that he tampers with intoxicants, or frequents gam- 
bling places. Especially are the railroads becom- 
ing very strict concerning the habits of the men 
they employ. Probably moat of the roads in the 
United States are of one mind in this respect. In 
the reports of nineteen roads it is required that 
drinking intoxicants, while on duty, is positively 
prohibited, and a majority ol the roads clearly inti- 
mate that employees, wishing to retain their posi- 
tions, must abstain from the use of intoxicants when 
off duty also. The Cincinnati, Hamilton & Day- 
ton road will not employ persons not strictly tem- 
perate. The Chicago & Alton road is also very 
strict, while the Baltimore & Ohio will not retain an 
intemperate man in its employ. Many other roads 
are weeding out the men who frequent the saloons. 
One important line does not permit her men to use 
tobacco in any form while on duty. These are 
healthy indications, and it may not be many years 
until the frequenters of saloons will have to seek 
other lands for employment. The railroads know 
how to make prohibition laws that prohibit. We 
would that the law-makers of the land could do as 
much. 



Writing of the new heaven and the new earth, 
the Revelator (Rev. 21: 1),' mentions a time when 
there shall be no more sea. It seems that we are 
now in a period, or shall soon enter it more fully, 
when there is no more sea, at least, in a practical 
sense. The sea ceases to be an obstruction, — it is 
as nothing in the way of navigation. Cables span 
the great bodies of water, and the pulse of nations 
can be felt as the moments go by. At the break- 
fast table we can read the news concerning occur- 
rences on the other side of the great oceans the pre- 
vious day. It requires only five or six days for the 
traveler to pass from one shore of the Atlantic to 
the other. But lately there was launched at Paris a 
vessel that may revolutionize this whole traveling 
business. The vessel is supported by six immense 
wheels, thirty-two feet in diameter, and ten feet 
through the center. On and about these wheels is 
built the platform of the craft. The vessel is pro- 
pelled by an ordinary screw and powerful engines. 
As it moves the wheels revolve, and carry the in- 
genious structure over the water at an astonishing 
speed, as compared with other vessels. It is claimed 
that this craft will ride the rough seas with but lit- 
tle rocking, that it is almost impossible to sink it, 
and that it is possible to so improve on the princi- 
ple on which it is constructed as to cross the Atlan- 
tic in three days, and with but little more inconve- 
nience than a ride on a first-class railroad train. 
Should these claims materialize, it will require only 
about six days to pass from New York to Jerusa- 
lem. What a convenience this will be for the time 
when the nations of earth shall go yearly up to Je- 
rusalem to worshipl The world is getting ready for 
some grand events, to the honor and glory of God, 



-ESSAYS, 



FOR THE NEW YEAR. 

Lav by ihe old deceit 

That clogs the spirit's (light! 
Arise, and wing thy feet 

To climb the paths ol light! 
Then shall no smirch ol mire 

Unto thy garments cling. 
And, touched with high desire, 

Thy tuneless lips shall sing. 
The sky anew shall ope 

before thy parched soul, 
And boundless meads of hope 

Shall seem the long, blue scroll. 
And though the hills may drowse, 

A-numh with wintry gloom, 
The sough of frosty houghs 

Shall prophesy of bloom. 
And all life's forward ways. 

Uplifted from the old, 
Above earth's sodden grays, 

Shall glamoured be with gold. 

— Clinton Scollard. 

SYNOPTICAL REPORT OF MINISTERIAL MEETING. 



Trni Ministerial Meeting of Southern Pennsyl. 
vania convened at the Upton meetinghouse, Frank- 
lin County, Fa,, on the morning of Nov. 12, closing 
next day at 2:30 I'. M., including a night session. 
The meetings were opened at 8: 30 in the morning 
of each day. The organization was effected by 
electing Kid. Isaac Barto, Moderator, and the writ- 
er, Secretary. I briefly give the leading thoughts 
of eaclt topic. There were many good things said, 



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1. "TheCh 

"The church," Matt. 16: 18, is a body of believ- 
ers,— one body, of which all are members. Each 
member has his function to perform. Each mem- 
ber should not only perform his respective work, 
but all should work together, in harmony with each 
other, and under the Father's directions (2 Cor. 
6: I). There is a place for each one to work. 
When we are engaged in the services of God's 
house, we say to the world, we stand for Christ. 
Many of us are not getting for ourselves the bless- 
ings Christ has in reservation for those who love 
him. The church is the "ground and pillar of the 
truth." This "pillar" upholds and sustains the 
truth, Ifw/fare not the church, the sootier we go 
down the better. If we are, then the powers of hell 
cannot prevail against us. 

It is the mission of the church to save the human 
family. "Go ye" implies that we should send 
those who will go; also to delegate to them the 
authority to go and preach the Gospel. It is the 
mission of every member to uphold the truth and 
to sustain it by our life, conduct and general de- 
portment. 

When once we awake to our mission, we will work. 
Let us not forget the great command, "Go ye into 
all the world and preach the Gospel." Do we rec- 



'Ho 



: Best Secu 
Ministry?" 

The ministry must give itself to prayer continual- 
ly that God's blessing might rest upon the work. 
Prayers and tears was the great secret of success 
with the apostles. Christ's great works were pre- 
ceded by prayer. If you want power over men, 
you must get pow. 
old apostolic pow 
the power of God 
not so strengthen. 

We need more faith. God will take care of his 
faithful ministers. David said, " I have been 
young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the 
righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." 
The only way to get true consecration is to get full 
of the Bible. The more we fill ourselves 
God's thoughts, the less room we will have for 
ister thoughts. To have a consecrated ministr 



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THB GOSTPEL MESSEIISra-IEIi, 

must have a consecrated laity. " How can they 
preach except they be sent?" Many of our 
ablest ministers are looked upon as not being whol- 
ly consecrated, simply because their bands are tied, 
and they cannot give their time to the church, 
because I Tim. %: 8 is staring them in the face. 
While the ministry is not as consecrated as it ought 
to be, on the other hand it is far more consecrated 
than it gets credit for. 

3. " How to Make Home Mission Work a Greater 
Success." 

There is no limit to mission work. It is as broad 
as the world. If all cannot be preachers, they all 
can be missionaries. We must teach that it is no 
new thing, but the old thing resurrected. Get the 
laity to know that they are the foundation of mis 
sionary work. Don't tie a good brother's hands! 
In so doing you are tying the Lord's hands. Get 
the proper man for the proper place! Every min- 
ister is not calculated for the same place. Another 
reason why we fail is found in a lack of means. 

Some of the ways suggested, to secure means, 
are: Set apart a row of potatoes; donate the eggs 
laid on Sunday; give the proceeds from an apple 
tree or a row of corn, etc , to the work of the Lord. 
If all do this, we will have plenty of means. Cen- 
tralize your work and persevere in it! 

We possess nothing, if we simply have farms and 
money and nothing in the bank above. Don't start 
a mission, gather in a few members; then go away, 
neglect it, and let it die out. Thus you waste time 
and money. Have fewer mission points! Then 
work them thoroughly. 

4. " Elders' and Ministers' Duty to the Church." 
A great responsibility rests upon elders. Many 
lambs are neglected for the want of proper food. 
Elders should visit eve y family where the 
member or members, once a year. Our greatest 
delinquency is, in not preaching from house to 
house. Acts 20: 20. 

It is one thing to get members; another, to care 
for them when in. Feed them tenderly, and be 
just as loth to have th^m leave the body, as you 
would be to lose one of the members of your nat- 
ural body. " Feed my lambs," " Feed my sheep," 
"Shepherd my sheeplings," is Christ's command to 
Peter. Ministers should feel that they are the 
church's servants, therefore they should not usurp 
authority over it, but feed the flock with the ■' sin- 
cere milk of the Word,"— not by constraint, but 
willingly, etc. 

5. "The Relation of the Deacons to the Church, 
and how may they Work most Successfully?" 

They can settle many difficulties that should nev- 
er reach the church. They should, of course, not 
believe everything they hear. When the visit is 
extended, invite those of the family, who are not 
members, to be present. Often the husband or 
wife is no member, and, by inviting them to be 
present, you not only show respect to them, but 
such proceedings may have a telling effect, which 
eternity alone will reveal. 

A question was asked by a worthy deacon: "Is it 
the deacon's duty to have prayer on his annual 
visit if not invited?" It was answered as follows: 
Deacons ought to ask whether it is the desire to 
have prayer. Then they should see, when prayer is 
offered, that all are in order. If not, ask them to 
get in order. Don't hurry over your visit. Give 
yourselves plenty of time. Deacons ought to have 
the confidence of the church. Don't relate any 
trouble where you have not any business to relate 
it. Deacons ought to be confidential men. If you 
have confidence in a deacon, you can open your 
heart to him. Make prayer a feature of church 
visit. When the members know this, they will put 
themselves in a position to have prayer when visit- 
ed. Deacons should know their duties,— especially 
in visiting applicants for baptism. Often troubles 
arise simply because they were not visited properly. 

6. "A Scriptural Sermon; how Prepared, and 
how Delivered. Should it be Textual, Topical, or 
Expository?" 

This depends on who preaches. There is no ob- 
jection to outlining, but do not depend altogether 
on your outlines. Every preacher has his way of 



January 2, 18 



ng. The first element is unity, the second, 
one idea. Lay off your sermons under different 
divisions and stick to the text. Textual means to 
take a text; topical, to draw from the whole Bible; 
expository, to take a paragraph and explain it. All 
these methods are good. It is not possible to sep- 
arate textual and expository preaching. Adapt 
your preaching to the wants of the people. Ex- 
pository preaching is best in the end. Preach by 
teaching, — then persuasion. We ought to know 
how we get into the church. Teach the people. 
The spirit that takes us into a church will not take 
us out. Thousands are in the popular churches, 
who cannot tell how they got in, because they had 
no choice in the matter. 

A preparation of the heart is necessary. Read 
the Scriptures and mark the most impressive pas- 
sages. A good plan is to have a pencil and paper 
and take notes. 

The power of a discourse is in what is back of it. 
Get full of the subject! Read much, think much! 
Above all things, pray much! No man ever suc- 
ceeded in any other way. 

7. " How can Greater Activity on the Part of 
Young Members in General Church Work be Pro- 



ed?' : 



Re 



! the hindn 



that prevent them from 
active service. Young members have the activity, 
but, in order to apply it, we must give them a place 
and let them know that they are needed in that 
place. The children of Israel at the Red Sea, at 
God's command, went forward. Man's command 
too often is, "Stand still." An old man said that, 
hen he was young, he always could lead his boys 
1 work. Now, since he is old, they can lead him, 
but he did not grieve or worry over it. So it is in 
h work,— if the young can labor more efficient- 
ly, let them work. 

Some fathers stand by and say, "Don't use that 
ax; you will dull it." "Don't use that auger; you will 
break it." " Don't use those scissors; you will dull 
them." " Don't cut that patch; you will spoil it." 
Let him work! If he does spoil a few tools, he is 
making a man! Better spoil a few tools, and save 
the boy. So it is in the church. It is "Don't, 
Don't, Don't!" Let the young members work! 
Organize Sunday schools, young people's meetings, 
prayer meetings, if not already organized, and make 
room for the young workers. Idle hands will find 
something to do. Do not let them get too old in 
the church before you put them to work. They 
are like colts,— the older they are, the harder they 
are to hitch up. 

8. "The Need of Special Bible Terms of Ten 
Days or more Duration, Held in our Home 
Churches." 

Bro. J. K. Miller, who has taught Bible schools in 
the West, with the aid of maps and outlines, gave 
us an instructive and intelligent talk on the nature 
and manner of conducting these schools, and the 
very great benefit derived from attending the same. 
His talk was timely, and was listened to with 
marked attention. 

The Bible term, while not very old among us, has 
come to stay. We need a Bible term, because we 
need a more systematic study of the Bible. We 
should have the truths of the Bible brought clearer 
to our minds in studying the Bible. This will in- 
crease interest in the study of the Bible, All church 
work would be better done if we had Bible sessions. 

A Bible term prepares us for more efficient work 
in the Sunday school, as well as in the church. 
Reading the Bible is not studying it. Many are not 
able to attend the Bible terms held at our schools, 
therefore we ought to have them in our home 
churches, where we may all have the privilege of 
attending. We need a stimulus. All ought to 
avail themselves of this opportunity. It is teach- 
ing by objects, and object lessons stick. We want 
to keep the Bible study on top. We can all have 
Bible terms right at home. 

9. (a) "The Design of the Sunday School; (i) 
the Relation of the Church to the Sunday School; 
(c) the Aim of the Sunday School Teacher." 

(a) One design is to bring people into the church. 
Originally it was to gather the outcasts in and 



January 2, 18 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



teach Ihem the Bible. The design now is, to in- 
doctrinate our children, so we do not lose them to 
the church. It is one of the best means of training 
our children in the " nurture and admonition of the 
Lord." 

(*) There is a very close relation between church 
and Sunday school. We should become more alive 
to this important auxiliary of the church. The 
Sunday school cannot exist separate and apart 
from the church. It is a feeder to the church, the 
nursery to the church, and an important part of the 
church. 

(c) The teacher occupies a responsible position. 
The aim of a Sunday school teacher should be the 
conversion of his scholars. He should have only 
one aim,— the conversion of those who are under 
his instruction. Teachers should and must be 
members of the church. 

10. " How can we Make the Services at our Love 
Feasts most Spiritual or Impressive? " 

By a more systematic way of doing the work. 
Let the ministers come together and assign each 
one's respective work during the meeting. Then 
the "urging and prompting" would be done away 
with, and much valuable time saved. We should 
begin early in the evening, then we can close early, 
and avoid the confusion that sometimes exists on 
the outside of the church. There is not as much 
spirituality at our love feasts as there should be. 
Remember the awful consequences of not coming 
there right, and of a right deportment while there. 
There should be more quietness while engaged in 
the services. There is entirely too much unnec- 
essary noise, in various ways, during the services. 
There should be more quietness and precision. 
Get more spirit into the services and less mere form. 

II." Define and Apply Gal. 3: 27-29." 

As many as have been baptized into Christ have 
put on Christ. As many as have not been baptized 
into Christ have not put on Christ. Christ simply 
came to open the way. The eunuch's baptism was 
by immersion. They went down into the water. 
Burial means a " covering over." It also implies a 
coming forth. The experimental part is all we can 
enjoy. We are by one Spirit baptized into one 
body. We are all members of that body. Christ is 
the way in baptism, as well as in all other things. 
There is no salvation outside of Christ. The world 
is a unit on this question. If God did not publicly 
acknowledge his Son before baptism, he will not 
acknowledge us as his children before baptism. 
The promise is to " you and to your children and 
to those who are afar off," etc. We are all one in 
Christ. Sisters have the same right in the church 
as brethren, when they are in order. They may 
pray, they may prophesy, they may teach, they 
may be helpers. There is neither male nor fe- 
male,— they are all one in Christ. 

On Friday, at 1: 30 P. M., we met again, and an 
hour was consumed by many of our ministering 
brethren making short farewell addresses. Many 
wholesome admonitions were given, and many 
tears were shed. 

The arrangements throughout the meeting were 
complete. Elders Daniel Miller and John Lehner 
and their co-laborers— Geo. Hege and J. Kurtz 
Miller,— ably assisted by the laity, spared no pains 
to make the meeting a success, and to provide for 
the immense crowd of people who attended the 
meeting. Everything worked with precision. May 
the Lord abundantly bless the dear ones of the 
Back Creek congregation for their hospitality and 
love, manifested during the meeting. We had»the 
pleasure of having elders Wm. A Gaunt and Silas 
Hoover, of Somerset County, and J. B. Brumbaugh, 
of Huntingdon County, with us. Their presence 
and help added greatly to the success and enjoy- 
ment of the meeting. Our next Ministerial Meet- 
ing will be held in York, Pa. 

IS THE WORLD 0R0W1NQ BETTER? 

BY A. HUTCHISON. 

In Two Parts Part Two. 

This article I wish to address to the evangelists 
and elders especially, and, as my line of work is 



classed among the evangelists, I will speak to that 
class first. We hear a good deal said,— and well 
said,— about the importance of missionary work at 
home and abroad, and every one ought to be in 
deep earnest on the subject of missions, yet the 
work of our evangelists is one of the most impor- 
tant parts of missionary work, because, when peo- 
ple are well indoctrinated in the great principles of 
the Christian system, they come into the church 
ready to be used to the glory of God, and are ready 
to inquire, "What wilt thou have me to do?" 
They are ready to do it, not stopping to inquire if 
the world will look on approvingly or not. 

Those who are brought into the church through 
the exercise of their emotional feelings, more than 
from mature consideration of the great work to be 
done, aie not likely to make our best workers. 
Such as have entered upon the work as though 
they meant to oSer themselves upon the altar, at 
the foot of the cross, will do good and valuable 
service. When persons come into the church with 
this view of the case, they are missionaries from 
the time of their birth into the family of God, be- 
cause they have been made partakers of the Divine 
Mind and Nature, and therefore are born of God. 
They can be no other than missionaries, for he that 
has been made partaker of the Holy Spirit must 
wear the image of the Son of God, who was the 
greatest missionary that ever graced this earth. 

The above are some of the reasons why evangel- 
ists should make a special effort to have every one. 
who comes out on the Lord's side under their 
efforts, to be well established in the great truths of 
the Bible. Elders may have much hard and per- 
plexing work to do, which might have been avoid- 
ed, if the preacher, who did the public talking, had 
been more careful in his part of the work, by hav- 
ing those, who make the good beginning, to fully 
understand that Christian life means much more 
than to wear plain clothing and keep the ordi- 

Christian life means a life given up to God, to 
suffer with him, if need be, before we reign with 
him. We must not fear that we will be classed 
among the poor workmen if we fail to get people 
into the church. We want every evangelist and 
every preacher at home to be a host for God, to 
bring many into the ranks of the Lord's workers, 
but we want every one who is brought into the fold, 
whether by home or traveling ministers, to be fully 
taught along the line of Christian work. 

I wish to say right here, that evangelists some- 
times get their names before the public as care! 
workers because the elder, in whose care the young 
converts are left, does not give them that fatherly 
help that they so much need in that critical stage 
of their Christian experience. Much, otherwise 
good work, is lost, because of inattention on the 
part of the shepherds, or,— which is still worse, if 
possible,— a whipping instead of the sincere milk 
of the Word, even the great and precious promises 
therein contained. 

So far as the world and other churches are con- 
cerned, we have no time to stop by the way to see 
whether each part is up to our standard of Chris- 
tian perfection, but let each of us, whether evangel- 
ist, elder, missionary, minister, deacon, or layman, 
see what is for us to do. and then let us do it with 
our might, for the day is passing, the night is ap- 
proaching, and we must do our work now, — for we 
cannot be ignorant of this one thing, that sin is in 
the world, and, if not checked in its course, will 
bring its victims to ruin. Wake up. my brother, or 
sister, and show to your neighbor that you have 
been with Jesus. 

We know that Jesus was in earnest about his 



; working for you and me. Read 
in which you will find these words: 
l have not the Spirit of Christ, he 



work, when he 
often Rom. 8: 
" Now if any r 
is none of his." 

In conclusion I wish to say to one and all that 
we now have one of the grandest opportunities to 
do mission work on a general and larger scale, that 
we have ever had. Every one, with the small ex- 
penditure of one dollar, can donate the Messenger 
to some one who would very much appreciate it, 



and the strong probability is, that many, il not ev- 
ery one, so receiving the paper, will become a work- 
er for the Lord. 

The tracts, sent out by the Brethren, are doing a 
great work, but the Messenger has one great ad- 
vantage over all tracts. While the tract can only 
make one visit, and only treats on the one topic, the 
Messenger makes its fifty-two visits each year, and 
treats a number of subjects each week, besides giv- 
ing a great deal of other useful information. 

Lastly, no one can say any more (if they ever 
did), that somebody is getting too much money out 
of the Messenger, for the publishing interest be- 
comes the property of the church. Those who were 
the stockholders have now consented to turn their 
interest over to the church, and the profits resulting 
from the business will go into the mission fund. 
Therefore I shall insist upon every one, who loves 
the Lord and his cause, to put forth an effort to 
give the Messenger and other helps a wide circu- 
lation. The Messenger is the cheapest and most 
powerful preacher that you can send into new fields. 
Brethren and sisters, I wish you all knew the power 
of our church paper as a preacher. Send it out and 
try it! 

ANOTHER FATAL l.imcll: ORDEAL. 

BY I. J, ROSENBERGER. 

In my tract on secret societies, page nine, pub- 
lished by our Tract Committee, I narrate the la- 
mentable death of J. W. Johnson, of the M. E. 
church, who came to his death in taking the Royal 
Arch degree of Masonry, in Huntington, W. Va., 
Jan. 10, 1890. The ritual of this degree requires 
the candidate to be let through a trap-door, by 
means of a rope, into a vault within a dark room. 
Mr. Johnson fell into the shaft, and from the in- 
juries, thus received, died in two days, after dread- 
ful suffering. 

On page ten I relate the circumstance of John 
Geiger, who, on being initiated into the Odd Fellow 
lodge, was called upon to jump into a supposed 
lake of fire, but it proved to be on a floor. As a 
result, he broke his leg in three places, for which 
he brought suit for $25,000. 

From the Chicago Record, Nov. 20, 1896, I quote 
a third instance, equally as shocking to civilization: 



Mr. Curry died to-day at the Savery Hotel, in Des Moines, 
Iowa. His death is alleged to he due to injuries received 
while being initiated into the Henevolem and Protective 
Order of the Elks. . . . The Elks refuse to tell the real 
nature of the injury received by Mr. Curry. . . . The story, 
which has been well circulated, relative to the injuries sus- 
tained by Mr. Curry, and which is fully believed by Mrs. Cur- 
ry, is this: It is said that the order has a test with a torture 
chair. This chair is fitted with metal seat and arms. An 
electric battery supplies various grades of voltage. It is said 
that Mr. Curry was induced to seat himself in the torture 
chair, and a slight electrical current was turned on. The 
Elks, masked in the dimly-lighted room, wailed to see the 
candidate jump in terror from the chair. Mr. Curry disap- 
pointed them, for he did not move a muscle. More current 
was turned on. Still there was no movement, and more elec- 
tricity was turned on, until the battery was at its full capacity. 
Curry still sat in the chair of torture. It is said that some one 
noticed that smoke was issuing from the seat of the chair and 
enveloping Mr. Curry. He was hurriedly dragged away from 
the torture seat, aod it was discovered that, by the exercise o[ 
will power and nerve, he had remained in the chair while his 
clothes were burned from his body by the electricity. . , . Mr. 
Curry, before bis death, urged his wife and friends to hush up 
the matter, and insisted that they make no attempt to cause 
the lodge any embarrassment. . . . The Elks refuse to divulge 
the names of the degree team, which was doing the work of 
initiation. . . . They keenly feel the embarrassment brought 
upon their lodge by the revelation concerning Mr. Curry's 
death. . . . Mrs. Curry is prostrated and the physicians will 
not allow her to be seen. 

Add to this the words of Ex-President John 
Quincy Adams, who, in a letter addressed to the 
monwealth of Massachusetts, says, "The names 
of the men, who took William Morgan from his 
dungeon Sept. 19, 1826, and closed a torture of nine 
days' duration, by sinking him in the middle of 
Niagara River, are well known." 

In view of the foregoing, and much more that 
might be recited, is it strange that the church should 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGBB.. 



January 2, 18 



stand uncompromisingly on the anti side of the 
whole secrecy question? When this grave sin is 
met in the church it should be promptly and plain- 
ly dealt with. This can only be done when breth- 
ren acquaint themselves with the rules and laws 
governing secrecy. 

I have a letter before me, signed by an elder, in 
which 1 find this statement: "A demit may be 
taken out of a Masonic lodge and given to the 
church, and the party still belong to the Masons." 
There is no need now, of such a lack of knowing 
the facts of the rules governing secrecy. In the 
days of the abduction of William Morgan there 
were but few expositions of secrecy. Then there 
were good reasons for not knowing. Now ex[ 
tions and standard authors are abundant; besi 
there are lecturers who expose and publicly recite 
the entire story of secrecy. 

Uemits are not taken out to give away, but are 
taken out to be held as legitimate proof that they 
are non-affiliated, and that their lodge holds them 

Brethren with such limited knowledge of secrecy 
arc wholly disqualified to grapple with secrecy. 
They should study to show themselves men better 
approved. 

Covington, Ohio. 



'ONLY BELIEVE.' 



Your long, sad letter is here. It makes my heart 
ache, and the heart of Jesus too. If He were here 
and would speak with you face to face, He would 
sweep away all your vain imaginations and unwor- 
thy misgivings. He gives His disciples perfect rest 
nl soul, perfect peace of heart and mind. Matt. II: 
28, 20; Philpp 4: 6, 7, and Isa. 26: 3, 4. 

Just do as Jesus Himself did, and neither flesh 
nor devil will master you. Acts 2: 25. It is your 
privilege to live constantly in the realization of 
I'hilpp. 4: 4, 13. You grieve the Holy Spirit by 
doubting the Love and Pity and Power of Jesus. 
Omnipotence does not transcend the Love of Christ. 
" In Him dwelleth all the /illness of God; and in Him 
we are complete." Col. 2: 9. 10. 

You can never fight the devil in your own 
strength. Christ is to us " the Power of God and the 
Wisdom of God." I Cor. 1: 24. The Gates of Hell 
cannot prevail against a soul that is "hid with 
Ciikist in God." Matt. 10; 18 and Col. 3: 3. 

"Only believe." This is the secret of victory. 
I John 5: 4, 5. To believe does not mean simply 
the assent of the reason, but the unqualified en- 
dorsement of the heart and will and life. 

Faith is always joyful and confident. 2 Cor. 0: 10 
and 5: 6, 7, 8. It has the veracity and love of the 
Everlasting Jehovah to rest upon. Righteousness 
is inflexible, and justice cannot compromise, but 
love has a way for the perfect satisfaction of both. 
The cross explains the " mystery of godliness," and 
opens the possibility of 2 Cor. 4; and 5: 21. Let 
1 Tim. 1:15 roll as a wave of light and joy and glo- 
ry to the ends of the earth. 

Is holiness your supreme desire? Is sin your 
deepest horror and loathing? Then you belong to 
Christ, and He will save you in spite of all your low 
conceptions and foolish imaginations. " God 
Love," and He will not cast away any one whe 
really willing to be saved. Put your trust in G 
and believe that all He has done in Christ is for j 

What a pity that you go drooping and doubting 
and desponding while all the resources of the God- 
head are open to your acceptance and daily enjoy- 
ment! Do not speak so much of your trouble to 
others. Tell Jesus all about it. and there leave it. 
Talk with H im all the day long as your faithful, con- 
fidential Friend. He will never disappoint you. 
Forever and forever He will fulfill. Eph. 3: 20. 

If Christ notes the falling sparrow, and numbers 
our very hairs, rest assured He will not forget the 
facilities you sent for my pen ministry. Heb. 1 3; 16. 
Union Deposit, Pa. 



.IOHNSON--COSS DERATE. 



It will be remembered that, a few months ago, 
notice was given in the Messenger, of a debate to 
be held in the Montgomery church, Indiana Co., 
Pa., Aug. 1/, between Bro. J. C. Johnson, of the 
Brethren church, and J. F. Coss, of the Campbellite 
church. 

By special request I will give a brief account of 
the debate, which opened Aug. 17, at 10 A. M. 
Eld. Johnson chose Bro. G. S. Rairigh for his Mod- 
erator, while Eld. Coss selected I. M. Gibson for his 
Moderator. 

The propositions, as published in the Messenger, 
were not accepted by Eld. Coss, so the disputants 
agreed upon another proposition, which implied 
the same principles, but which were not quite so 
pointed as the first. 

The following is the proposition: " The Doctrine, 
as Taught and Practiced by the German Baptist 
Brethren, is in Harmony with the Doctrine as 
Taught and Practiced by Jesus Christ and his Apos- 
tles." 

The discussion lasted four days. Eld. Johnson 
occupied two and three-fourths days, and Eld. Coss, 
one and one-fourth days. Eld. Johnson, during his 
affirmative, laid down a number of propositions so 
solidly by Scriptural proof, that they could not be 
shattered by his opponent. 

During Bro. Johnson's affirmative. Eld. Coss tried 
to stimulate his side by boasting what he would do 
when he got on the affirmative, but when he did get 
on the affirmative, he seemed to have forgotten 
what he had been saying he would do. 

Eld. Coss had the Brethren's " Classified Minute 
Book," and did a great deal of preaching from it 
all through the debate. He tried to make the peo- 
ple believe that the book could not be gotten by 
every one. or, at least, it was very hard to get. He 
also said that it contained things which would mak« 
the church equal to Romanism. Bro. Johnson chal- 
lenged him to show a single minute that interfered 
with the obeying of the Gospel, which, of course, 
Eld. Coss could not do, and, consequently, his as- 
sertions amounted to very little. The people also 
were told by Eld. Johnson, that any person, — mem- 
ber or no member of the Brethren church— could 
get the book by sending to our publishers. 

Preaching " Minutes " was a good way of killing 
time, and Eld. Coss was sharp enough to know it. 
The sentiment of the people was very much against 
him, however, on account of his weak arguments. 
The people wanted to hear something else. 

During the affirmative of Eld. Coss, Eld. Johnson 
pressed him very hard to show a single example of 
backward worship in the Bible, and added, " You 
have two examples of backward action, I Sam. 4: 18, 
Eli, who fell backward and broke his neck, and in 
the case of Judas, who betrayed Christ. You can 
have them; we don't want them." 

Notwithstanding the great aid I. M. Gibson ren- 
dered Eld. Coss, by taking notes and handing them 
to him (Coss), Bro. Johnson certainly met his argu- 
ments tairly, and proved them to be not in harmony 
with the Gospel. 

The Brethren seemed to be elated over the suc- 
cess of the discussion. In fact, the brethren and 
sisters, although few in number, seem to be very 
' workers in Christ's vineyard, and, after the 
on, seemed to take new courage to go on 
and work for the Master. 

As we left the place, Bro. P. J. Blough asked an 
old Methodist member what he thought of the de- 
bate. He said, " I have attended a good many de- 
bates, but never have seen any person beaten like 
Eld. Coss." We think the cause was beaten as bad- 
ly as the man. 

We hope this debate may be the means of caus- 
ing us all to read and study the Word more careful- 
ly and bring us nearer to our Redeemer, and finally 
lead us home to him who died for all, 
Davidsville. Pa. 






THOUntlTS ON THE NEW YEAR. 



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Now that we ha 
the path of life, and have be 
world, so to speak, as well 
stances, new influences, and new responsibilities, 
we may safely spend a few moments in looking 
about us, and thinking upon our new environ- 
ments. 

To begin with, then, What are the duties and re- 
sponsibilities that first demand my attention in my 
new surroundings? The conclusion of the whole 
matter is this: " F'ear God and keep his command- 
ments," and having done all, we should say, "We 
are unprofitable servants; we have only done our 
duty," and hence lifted our responsibility. 

This first thought gives the sum total of our ob- 
ligations in a general way, but we should particular- 

I am a father. " Fathers, provoke not your chil- 
dren to anger, but bring them up in the nurture 
and admonition of the Lord." 

I am a mother. " Woman, behold thy son," for 
by maternal influence his life is being molded. 
Your daughter, — is her life being molded for future 
usefulness? Oh mothers, it means a great deal to 
be a father, but who can estimate the true idea of 
what it means to be a mother? Oh to be a mother, 
— not the maternal influence by which we were 
brought into existence, but the holy, God-given in- 
fluence, personified, by which our life is molded for 
eternity. 

I am a Christian. " Let your light so shine," — so 
as a Christian's. 

I am a sinner. When shall I reform and begin a 
new life? Now is the accepted time. 

I am a young man. " Rejoice, O young man, in 
thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days 
of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, 
and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that 
for all these things God will bring thee into judg- 
ment." Eccl. 11:9. 

" Children, obey your parents in the Lord " may 
mean grown-up children as well as the smaller and 
younger. 

Just a few thoughts about the church. " Go in- 
to all the world." How many nations in the 
world? Count them! How many have we reached? 
The fields are "white unto the harvest, and he that 
reapeth receiveth wages and gathereth fruit unto 
eternal life." How large a bin would be required 
to hold all the fruit we have gathered for the 
Lord? 



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If you cannot preach, you can 
who can. If you cannot build the 
put in the chinks, mortar, paper, 
make it comfortable. Do the young members ap- 
pear comfortable in your company? Why not? 
Does the minister preach to you or to your empty 
pew? What can you do to create an interest in 
your meetings? Do you speak well or ill of your 
minister to your friends? Do you invite them to 
church? 

Are you fulfilling the high calling of the minis- 
ter? He that is sent of God speaketh God's Word. 
As a minister, is my manner of preaching boring 
and tedious? Am I cold and indifferent toward 
the flock as well as to those without? " Fervent in 
spirit, serving the Lord." 

Have I been doing my whole duty in the Work of 
the church and the cause of Christ? When shall I 
begin? Jesus went to the city one morning before 
breakfast, to begin his Father's work. Mark 11: 
12,13. Matt. 21:18. He lost no time after he was 
recognized by his Father as his Son. The morning 
of the day, the morning of the year, the morning^J 
of the Christian life, is the time to begin. 



January 2, 18 



THE GOSPEL MESSEKGEB. 



"THE MINISTRATION OF THE SPIRIT."— 2 Cor. 3: 8. 

BY W. B. STOVER, 

In Nine Parts.— Part i.— Mistaking the Spirit. 

" It is expedient for you that I go away." — John 16: 7. 

Concerning the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, 
there is a good deal of difference of opinion, I do 
not wish to try to set up another opinion to be ac- 
cepted or rejected according to one's own pleasure. 
I do not know half there is to be known on the 
subject, and this I am frank to admit. However, 
in the eight short articles which are to follow this 
one, I wish to stick close to the Bible, and give a 
few seed-thoughts for those who are more Spirit- 
filled to develop. I have no desire to stir up argu- 
ment. I would like very much, however, to read 
many clear, well-defined articles on the Holy Spir- 
it, that will help us all to know where we stand and 
why we stand there. 

The Spirit leads. Let us see! A man says he is 
led of the Spirit to go to a certain house, and there 
tell the Gospel message to anxious hearers. He 
goes and finds the house empty. The Spirit may 
lead, but it did not lead that man that time. I be- 
lieve even Guiteau claimed that the Spirit led him 
to assassinate President Garfield. Men are often 
mistaken as to the leading of the Spirit. Shall we, 
therefore, decide against the Spirit, or against the 
leading of the Spirit, or against the men? 

Whatever doctrine may be accepted, two points 
are sure, (a) that the Holy Spirit, being God, can- 
not err any more than God can, and (o) since " all 
Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 
3: 16), the Spirit that inspired the Word cannot 
and will not lead any one contrary to that Word. 

This truth becomes more apparent as we medi- 
tate. " In the beginning was the Word, and the 
Word was with God, and the Word was God." 
John 1: 1. A man makes the Holy Spirit a strange 
spectacle when he declares the Spirit leads him to 
reject, as unimportant, any single teaching of the 
New Testament. 

We will not question the relative importance of 
doctrines. If the Spirit has once given expression 
to any teaching whatever, in any way whatever, we 
do not expect that Spirit, being the Holy Spirit, to 
be driven to contrary expressions at any time or in 
any way whatever. 

The Spirit we speak of is the Holy Spirit. If any 
one thinks that he is led of the Spirit, in any way, 
however slightly deviating from the Gospel paths, 
let him knozv that he is mistaken. The spirit may in- 
deed be leading him in that particular thing, but it 
can hardly be the Holy Spirit. 

A man may be ever so conscientious and yet be 
mistaken. Being conscientious only settles one 
thing,— that he is a true man. Whoever is not con- 
scientious in his thinking and doing is not a man 
according to the true standard. Paul is probably 
the best example of this. He " verily thought that 
he ought to do many things contrary to the name 
of Jesus of Nazareth" (Acts 26: 9), yet that only 
established one thing,— that the man had character. 
Read carefully. If a man does not live according 
to his belief he is not a true man, but if he does live 
according to his belief, that establishes that he, as a 
man, is true, but whether the thing he believes is 
right or wrong, is altogether another question. The 
Law of Right settles that. 

Two men are led of the Spirit in opposite direc- 
tions, with respect to a certain truth,— that is, they 
say they are led of the Spirit. Both may be true 
men. Both may be honorable men. Both may be 
well-informed spiritual men, yet one must be mis- 
taken, not because he thinks so, for he does not 
think so. Which is mistaken? Let the Word say. 
Do they differ still? One is mistaken still. Per- 
haps both, 

Just how this can be, puzzles some people. It 
need not do so. It is not a very intricate matter. 
The greater puzzle, it seems to me, is why God, 
"the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever' 1 
(Heb. 13: 8), would establish certain doctrines by 
the eternal Word, and then, at sundry times and 
places, alter them in the nc.Tts of men. No won- 



der men cannot understand. No wonder the Spirit 
seems to lead mysteriously sometimes. The Spirit, 
in referring to certain Christ-given examples, speaks 
of his children, in following those examples, as 
showing " the Lord's death till he come." 1 Cor. 
Ii: 26. He has not come yet, and still a great re- 
ligious leader of the present time says of this same 
and other of the Lord's commandments, " It is a 
mistake to think that Jesus Christ instituted these 
sacraments as permanent institutions" (see Gostei. 
Messenger, May 28, 1395). No matter it such a 
man is leader of more missionaries than all the 
churches together. No matter if he is ever so grand 
and good, when his spirit and the Holy Spirit differ, 
he must necessarily be mistaken, even if he does think 
the Holy Spirit led him to his present position. 

All charity must be entertained towards men in 
their beliefs. If one is mistaken, another is just as 
likely to be. It is an easy matter to mistake one's 
own opinion, or judgment, or idea, or belief, for the 
leading of the Holy Spirit, and since there is so 
much erratic teaching about the Holy Spirit, and so 
much popular talk that is evidently without any 



teaching at all, shall 
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" Canst thou by searching find out God? " Job 11:; 
We can, however, think after God's own thought 
and be wise. "How precious also are thy though! 






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Bulsar, India. 



Psa. 139: I/. 



" He who follows Christ in precept and example, 
morally and spiritually, becomes a full-developed 
man— is rounded up in all the Christian virtue: 
and in all his faculties he grows into equipoise; but, 
on the contrary, you will always find a confirmed 
sectarian, lop-sided and out of spiritual bak 
bigoted, vain, unreasonable and pompously Pha 
ical." 



*>THE t SUNDAY + SCHOOLS 



LESSON LIGHT-FLASHES. 

The Holy Spirit Given. -Acts 2; 1-13. 

{Usson for Jan. 10,1897.) 

This was, perhaps, one of the greatest events that 
happened in the experience of these discipli 
Whether they expected the descent of the Holy 
Spirit at this special time, we are not told. They 
were to wait at Jerusalem for ii, and the proi 
was that it would come. They may have expected 
it sooner, and may have prayed for it before, bu 
because of the time and circumstances connected 
with it, they may have had their expectations great' 
ly strengthened. They were all of Jewish stock and 
were born and reared in Jewish homes. They had 
not only been taught the significance of the I 
over, but they had partaken of it themselves. They 
had also celebrated the Pentecostal feast,— the on< 
representing their liberation from Egyptian bond 
age; the other, the receiving of the law amidst th< 
thunderings and lightnings of Mount Sinai, fifty 
days thereafter. 

They might have reasoned in this way: Christ, 
their Savior, was crucified, slain as the Lamb of Sac- 
rifice, at the time their passover lambs were slain 
and as fifty days thereafter the law was given Oi 
Mount Sinai, and this being the fiftieth day fron 
the day of crucifixion, why should this not be th 
time when the Lord would fulfill his promise made 
and send to them the power and divine influence 
the Holy Spirit? 

Pentecost is the combination of two Greek words, 
which, thus united, mean fifty. These fifty days, or, 
rather, this fiftieth day, had now fully come, and, 
according to command, they were still waiting, and 
together. If we could know of their conversation 
on this eventful morning, we might have heard 
them say, " To-day will the promise be fulfilled. 



Let us all keep together and be engaged in prayer." 
They were all, with one accord, in one place. They 
understood the summation of power, and when men 

us unite themselves they can always have power 

th God. 

" One accord," here is very expressive. It means 
that there was no division among them. They were 
all of one mind, with one purpose in view,— the 
coming of the Holy Spirit, — that they might not 
only have power with God, but also with men. 

They were not disappointed. As the third hour 
of the day came (nine o'clock), the hour of prayer, 
'• suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a 
rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house 
where they were sitting." This was an introduction 
to what was to follow, and was intended especially 
for the confirmation and assurance of the disciples, 
— those who had met in one place and with one ac- 
cord,— the one hundred and twenty named in Acts 
1: 15. 

After this followed the more wonderful demon- 
stration of cloven tongues. Just how these ap- 
peared and what they signified is not quite clear 
enough to assert positively. Different opinions 
have obtained, and who is right no one is prepared 
to say. Some think that it was a representation of 
a large tongue of fire hanging above them and so 
cloven or parted that there were as many divisions 
as there were disciples, and one of these parts 
lengthened out to the head of each, so that each 
one was able to speak a different tongue or lan- 
guage. Others believe that one of these cloven 
tongues appeared over each of the disciples, and 
showed that each one had the gift of speaking in 
the different tongues, as the needs might require. 
And still others believe that the miracle consisted 
in the hearing and not in the speaking. However 
reasonable these different views may be, the fourth 
verse seems to be so definite that there is not much 
room left for controversy as to how they spoke. 
"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and 
began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit 
gave them utterance." As they began, so, we sup- 
pose, they continued. 

We don't need to wonder that these men were 
anxious that this power might come at this time, 
because they saw the great possibilities that the oc- 
casion offered, because we are told that in the city 
were dwelling devout men out of every nation un- 
der heaven. Remembering the great commission 
that had been committed to their charge, that they 
were to go and preach the Gospel to every creature, 
what a golden opportunity was here offered to in- 
troduce the great work in which their hearts were 
now enlisted. Great occasions ought to stir us up 
to great efforts. Clarke, in his comment on this 
passage, says, "At the building of Babel, the lan- 
guage of the people was confounded, and, in conse- 
quence of this, they became scattered over the face 
of the earth. At this foundation of the Christian 
church, the gift of various languages was given to 
the apostles that the scattered nations might be 
gathered, and united under one shepherd." " Every 
man heard them speak in his own language." 

Such was the power and influence of the Holy 
Spirit when he came. It was such because the occa- 
sion required it. Divine energy is never wasted. 
We do not need such power to-day, but we do need 
the Holy Spirit to enable us to say and do the 
things that are needful for us to do, that the Lord's 
purposes may be carried out. Do we want this? 
If so, wc must learn the lessons here taught. And 
what are they? 

1. We must have a burning desire to save souls. 
Unless we have this, there is noway for a beginning. 

2. We must be united in this purpose. We must 
go at it with one accord, and in full faith and confi- 

3. We must wait until we can hear the moving of 
the Spirit among the leaves,— have patience. These 
men waited until the time had fully come, and then, 
in the power of the Spirit, they went forth to victo- 
ry. Could we, as workers for Christ, place our- 
selves in the attitude of these men, there would be 
more outpourings of the Holy Spirit, and more 
Pentecostal seasons might be enjoyed. h, b.b. 



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! KNOW NOT THE HOUR OF HIS COMING. 



1 know not the hour of his coming; 

1 know not the day or the year; 
Hut I know that he bids mc be ready 

For the step that 1 sometime shall hear 
I know not what licth before mc, 

It may be all pleasure, all care; 
But I know at the end of the journey 

Stands the mansion he went to prepare 
Anil whether in joy or in sorrow, 

Through valley, o'er mountain or hill, 
1 will walk in the light of his presence, 

And his love all repining shall still. 
1 know not what duties are waiting 

For hands that arc willing and true; 
And I ask but the strength to he faithful, 

And do well what he gives me to do. 
And if he should bid me stand idle- 
Just waiting— in weakness and pain, 
1 have only to trust and be faithful, 

And sometime he'll make it all plain. 
And when his voice calls, in Ihc morning, 

At noontime, perhaps, or at night, 
With no plea but the one, "Thou hast cal 

I shall enter the portals of light. 



WORK IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. 

BY JOHN E. MOHLKR. 

The church, as a body, has made much progress 
in Sunday school work during the last few years, 
but her progress has not been remarkable. The 
Sunday school spirit has not kept pace with the 
missionary spirit. The church is yet comparative- 
ly blind as to the possibilities of the Sunday school 
in the extension of Christianity, and the younger 
members of the church do not dream of the oppor- 
tunities for work open to them here. Talents lie 
buried, waiting for employment in other depart- 
ments of the church, which should be thrown with 
might and main into Sunday school work. It is 
not one whit more important to be an able mission- 
ary than an able Sunday school superintendent. It 
does not require greater talent to be a successful 
missionary than a successful Sunday school super- 
intendent. 

The Sunday school is an open field for all who 
will enter. No faithful brother or sister is prohibit- 
talents there, and it ought to 
dered a great opportunity for all who are 
anxious to work for the Master. There is scarcely 
a village or town where a successful Sunday school 
may not be organized. If schools are already or- 
ganized, nine times out of ten a better one can be 
carried on besides. There are few school districts 
that will not support a Sunday school, if rightly 
managed. In cities of five thousand inhabitants, 
and upwards, a grand success may be made, even 
if the cities seem full of Sunday schools. 

A good, live Sunday school is indispensable to 
city mission work. Therefore those who are look- 
ing forward to city mission work will do well to 
make Sunday school work an especial study, and 
thorough success. When I read Bro. S. N. M 
Cann's article on "The Whitening Harvest," I 
thought, " How many brethren are overlooking the 
Sunday school? " Why, indeed, should they over- 



ed from devoting 
be considered ae 



00k it? 


The mair 


reason is 


becaus 


e the 




church cc 


nf,'regatio 


ns overloot 


its in 


portance. A 


Sunday s 


:hool sup 


rintendent 


s not 


onsid 


red an 


mportant officer. 


A church rr 


ay not 


have 


mater. 



to bu 



they 



al for a minister, but a Sunday school superinten- 
dent can easily be found. The Sunday school is 
supposed to be able to worry along with any faith- 
ful member as superintendent, but, of course, a min- 
ister must be an " able " man. Now this is a great 
mistake. It will take the very best talent in the 
church to do the Sunday school justiee. This may 
seem strange but it is true. I remember, now, a 
place where the Brethren were stru^ 
up a church. The members were few, a 
had strong opposition. Troubles within the church 
had shaken their confidence in themselves. To 
have any sort of a school of their own seemed an 
impossibility, and they shrank from the task. In 
this case the church did realize the need of the 
day school, and, accordingly, sought her best 
talent for superintendent of the school. Now for 
t. It was remarkable! The school was a 
beyond expectation, and through it the 
lurch was greatly encouraged. Today that 
hool is the strength of that church, and the con- 
gregation is wise enough to keep her best talent at 
the head of the school. 

We need better Sunday schools everywhere, and 
ly our best talent will bring what is needed, 
tr Sunday school literature may not be perfect, 
but I have no fault to find with it. We do not 
d better literature as badly as we need better 
■kers. These workers we must secure mostly 
m the laity of the church, and when our unem- 
ployed brethren and sisters, who have real talent 
work, will turn their attention to earnest 
Sunday school work, they will be surprised at the 
field that is whitening for the harvest. 

n reality, a Sunday school worker is a mission- 
, and a most effective one at that. Converts, 
gained through the Sunday school, make the very 
best of church workers, because they study the Bi- 
ble and obey it intelligently. 

We are pleased to point to the fact that one of 
our brethren organized the first Sunday school in 
America. But it is no honor to us that we appreci- 
ate the Sunday school less than many other de- 
nominations do. Let us, as a church, place the 
Sunday school where it belongs, give it the atten- 
tion it deserves, and we will soon see that our most 
gifted workers cannot do more and better work 
anywhere than in the Sunday school. 
Warretisburg, Mo. 

NOTES FROM JUNIATA COLLEUE. 



JOHNSON. 

For the first time in its history of twenty years, 
this college was made to feel the shock of death in- 
side its own walls and among its own students, 
when David Roy Livengood, son of Bro. Jacob. D. 
Livengood, of Elk Lick, Pa., after an illness of 
about three days, quietly passed away. News of 
the serious illness and next of the death was sent 
to the home as soon as possible. The father, ac- 
companied by David's uncle, Milton Beachy, came 
to bear away the body of his son. Eld. W. J. Swi- 
gart, Vice-President I. Harvey Brumbaugh, and 
Carman C. Johnson, accompanied the friends to 
their home, where the evidences of deep sorrow 
were plainly visible in the faces of the towns peo- 
ple. On Friday, Oct. 16, the funeral services were 
held, Prof. Swigart preaching the sermon, followed 
by others. David R. Livengood was about twenty 
years of age. As a student he was industrious; 
and among his fellows he was known for his kind- 
ness of heart. 

— Among the many improvements which have 
been made in and around the College premises, the 
last and most important is the new library build- 
ing. This is a brick structure, measuring sixteen 
by twenty-six feet, joined to the main building, or 
Students' Hall, by a transept, the whole being fire- 
proof and capable of accommodating the growth 
; of our library for some years at least. By this ar- 



rangement the reading-room is greatly enlarged 
and is made more attractive in all its appointments. 
—We feel that the Young People's Missionary 
and Temperance Society, of Juniata College, is 
gathering momentum, and that its sowing will ripen 
into a happy harvest. Meetings are held monthly; 
and on every Sabbath afternoon we gather in the 
college parlor for the reading of missionary litera- 
ture. As yet no one among us has manifested an 
extraordinary zeal for missions; but we feel that fu- 
ture missionaries are in our midst, hindered only 
ice, by that same 



, put hit 



from obeying the call of c 
influence which fetters us 

—No student who, whil 
ly in touch with the best influences of the place, 
and is now out in the active duties of life, will for- 
get the inspiration which came to him in the Young 
People's Prayer Meeting, held on each Sunday ev- 
ening; neither will those truths fail him if he will 
but apply them when the hours of temptation 
come. We are glad to report a lively interest in 
these meetings still. 

—The annual Bible Term will commence Jan. 18, 
18Q7, All who have attended these sessions here- 
tofore will remember with what helpfulness those 
hours of study were fraught, and will doubtless de- 
sire to meet with us again. Can you not satisfy a 
desire so noble in its purposes and so grand in its 
results? Come to the Bible school, laying aside, 
for a season, all outside cares, and joining in this 
careful study of the Word of God. 

Huntingdon, Pa, 

THE WAY TO SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY. 



If we take the Lord with us in whatever we do, 
we shall always prosper. 

In order to know what we should not do and 
what places we should abstain from, we should ask 
ourselves, what Jesus would do in that matter. 
Our conscience, enlightened by God's Word, will 
soon tell us what we should do. 

It is very necessary for us to come often in secret 
prayer to God. That is the secret of success. I be- 
lieve, that, according to the teachings of the Bible, 
we cannot please God without coming before him, — 
especially in secret prayer. The Lord said, "Ask 
and ye shall receive," so there is no promise of us 
receiving without asking, 

When Jesus was here on earth he often went in 
secret, and prayed to his Father, and how much 
more necessary is it for us! 

Take David, for instance, what success he had in 
conquering his enemies. He had the Lord with 
him. That was the reason of his success. We re- 
member how David succeeded in killing the giant. 
The Lord gave him the needed strength. 

McPkerson, Kans. 



SAYING GRACEFUL THINGS. 

There is a nice art in being able to pay a com- 
pliment gracefully, and it is one that ought to be 
cultivated in the home as well as the outer circles 
of society. There is no reason why the home cir- 
cle should not be as polished and attractive in its 
behavior as the public assembly. It is a great er- 
ror for fathers and mothers to permit such a relax- 
ation of politeness among their children as we too 
often find under the family roof-tree. Company 
behavior and company manners may necessarily be 
more formal and precise than those of the fireside 
and sitting-room, when there are no strangers pres- 
ent, but it is fatal to good breeding to deliberately 
lay polish and compliment aside when our own 
dear ones compose the company exclusively. 
Teach the children to say graceful things — yet 
truthful things, of course— to brothers and sisters 
as well as to strangers; to be as careful of wound- 
ing their feelings and their self-respect as they 
would be of the feelings of a guest, and, at the 
breakfast or dinner-table, to take just as much pains 
to entertain and enlighten each other as though 
the entertainment of a party of invited friends de- 
pended upon the effort,— Christian Herald. 



THE GOSPEL MESSEKGEH. 



General Missionary * Tract Department 



Lift the Gospel banner, wave it far and wide, 
Through the crowded city, over ocean's tide; 
Sound the proclamation, Peace to all mankind, 
Jesus and salvation all the world may find. 



Not how much we give, but how much we give 
in proportion to what we have left, is th 
of responsibility, to the Christian. 



"What shall I do for Christ?" asked a young 
disciple of Bishop Selwyn. The brief answer was, 
" Go where he is not and take him with you." 



The Christian who 
" Here, Lord, send m 
worker in world-wide 



n say with his whole heart, 
wheresoever thou wilt," is a 



Do you wonder why you have no interest in mis- 
sions? It is simply because you have invested no 
principal. Put a part of your living into the cause 
and see if your heart and mind and hands will not 
follow after it, and that will be a blessed interest in 



A Christian should be ashamed to die rich; for 
with all the opportunities of doing good, of help- 
ing to spread the Truth, it looks as though he had 
not been a wise and faithful steward if he has al- 
lowed wealth to accumulate on his hands until men 
call him rich. 



A new year is upon us! It comes with opportu- 
nities, possibilities, and awful responsibilities. Of 
all the good resolutions, let every one strive to 
keep inviolate the ones that build up Christian 
character and enlarge the kingdom of Christ. Let 
the year 1897 be mighty for the Lord in world-wide 



According to the American Board of Missi 
Almanac for 1897 tne different denominations in 
the United States are supporting thirty-three For- 
eign Missionary Societies The oldest one is th< 
American Board, organized in 1810. The last one 
the United Synod of the Evangelical Lutherar 
church in the South, was organized in 1892. These 
thirty-three Boards employ 1,485 male and 1,913 fe 
male missionaries in foreign fields; also 17,942 na- 
tives are supported in the work; 35,835 were added 
to the several churches, and the contributions from 
the natives were 8541,464 against $4,935,518 g 
for foreign missions in the United States. 



In the southern part of Florida, isolated from th 
Brethren, a brother and sister have been living for 
a number of years. Several years ago God blessei 
their home with a bright-eyed darling boy. Th 
parents set out an orange orchard soon after am 
planted one tree for him. In the course of a fe* 
years God saw fit to call that boy from earth to 
glory. Now, yearly, the parents gather the oran 
ges from the tree and sell them and send the pre 
ceeds to the mission-rooms, asking that it be use 
where it will do the most good in spreading th 
Gospel. They look upon the tree as belonging t 
their boy yet, and as he is now in the direct care 
the Father, the proceeds must go for the promotion 
of God's cause here on earth. What a ble 
thing it would be if brethren and sisters who I 
of this world's goods a great plenty, would sc 
range; that, when they go to their reward, it 
continue to proclaim the name of the Savior 



Whe 


), over ten 


years ago, the present m 


issionary 


>lan wa 


s adopted 


the Ann 


ual Meeting rec 


jmmend- 


ed that 


each mem 


ber give 


one cent each 


week for 


mission 


work. C 


ansiderin 


g the time and 


develop- 


ment o 


the chur 


ch in m 


ssions, that wa 


a good 




endation, 


but the 


church has rec 


ived ten 


years' s 


choolingi 


n that id 


a and the question now 


presses 


itself. Ca 


1 not an 


"i will not each 


member 


rise ab 


ove that 




ndation to the 


one I'aul 


gives, ' 


As the Lord has 


prospered him? 


" More 


faith in 


" seeking 


first tlu 


kingdom of God " will 


do it. 

•■FOR 1 HAVE 








MUCH PEOPLE IN THIS CITY." 




BY CARRIE A. 


WESTEKGREN. 





Surely this is true! Families who have been 
living right among our people in different parts of 
the " United States," and who, for some reason 
have left the country, have moved to the City of 
Washington, D. C, and many others still continue 
to move here. These families claim to have attend- 
ed numbers of our services while in the country, 
but, in coming to Washington, not aware of the 
Brethren being located here, from the fact that 
there is no churchhouse of ours at this place, they 
have grown careless and indifferent, even about 
their soul's salvation. 

Learning their former interest for our church, and 
comparing it with their present condition, this 
thought impressed me deeply. Are we putting 
forth our very best z-al and effort? Will we, as 
God's stewards, be held responsible for the dying, 
perishing, and the prodigals? If so, do not delay, 
beloved brethren, but work and pray to-day as if 
this were your last day. Pray for the increase of 
God's kingdom! 

A family recently came to Washington, from a 
place where our Brethren are welt represented. 
She was unaware of the Brethren's existence in 
Washington. I providentially dropped in, seeking 
children for our Sunday school. When the chil- 
dren met me at the door, they asked me, with a fa- 



1 to 1 



The 



Mlh 



er was feeling lonely. She knew no one, and did 
not know where to send her children to Sunday 
school. She was glad to know that we were here. 
She proposed to send three children to our Sunday 
school, knowing that with us they will be all right. 

Time, and the precious space of the Gospel 
Messenger would not permit to refer to any other 
similar incidents, but I cannot forbear to make 
known to the Brotherhood the favorable expres- 
sions by many of the families visited, when inform- 
ing them of our proposed movement in building a 
churchhouse. They are glad, knowing that the 
Brethren advocate the true Gospel of Jesus Christ 
This rejoicing should help us along in our great 
undertaking! 

While these people are now meditating over 
their spiritual condition, this promised churchhouse 
of ours ought to be all ready for them to step into. 
If they will not come, and the " light-house " is 
there, these people can not, on the day of judg- 
ment, censure us for hiding the light while in their 
days of opportunity. They would have just cause 
for censure, if we do not provide a house where 
they may hear the Word. Let us, who have passed 
from " death " unto life, show the works of the new 
creature in Christ Jesus. 

Washington. D. C. 



[MOTES FROM THE CHICAOO MISSION. 



—Christmas is almost here. The streets of Chi- 
cago are thronged with shoppers and sight-seers,— 
the latter guarded by policemen as they crowd 
around the shop windows to see the latest Christ- 
mas novelties. Just within the window glass are 
spread to view goods, artistically arranged, valued 
at hundreds of dollars, while without is the beggar, 
clothed in rags, and the more worthy poor with 
scarce food enough to support the body. Clerks 
are pressed into service till the midnight hour, the 



nerves having scarce time to relax during the hours 
left for rest and sleep. What a rush! What a hur- 
rying to and fro! All for the " exchange of com- 
modities " at the Christmas season. While it gives 
one much pleasure to give as well as receive little 
tokens of friendship at this season of the year, 
keeping in mind God's greater gift to us, yet, when 
we see, in the centers of trade and commerce, 
the magnitude to which it is carried, we are made 
to recall the words of Solomon, when he exclaimed, 
" Vanity of vanities," " all is vanity." " Whatsoev- 
er mine eyes desired, I kept not from them. I 
withheld not my heart from any joy." " And be- 
hold all was vanity and vexation of spirit." 

—When the wise men came to visit Jesus, they 
brought precious gifts,— valuable gifts, — to him, 
teaching us the lesson that we should give our best 
to Jesus,— our best time, our best thoughts, our 
best gifts. In helping the poor, "the least of 
these," we should make a sacrifice if we would have 
the blessing. 1 once heard a minister say that he 
doubted the propriety of giving to others that which 
is not wanted by ourselves. He gave as an in- 
stance a little girl who, presenting him with a sweet 
apple, said, " I do not like sweet apples; you may 
have this." While the little giver would scarcely 
be worthy of a blessing for the giving of an apple 
she did not like herself, yet the same apple might be 
relished by some one fond of that kind of fruit. If 
we, in giving to the poor, want the blessing our- 
selves, we should give that which costs something, 
and the recipient will be blessed as well; however, 
we should not withhold that which would prove a 
blessing to others, even though it be of no use to 
us. In our donations we receive both kinds of 
gifts. Some articles of clothing are entirely new, 
besides there are frequently pieces of new cloth. 
Then, again, there is much second hand clothing, 
yet beautifully mended and clean, ready for wear. 
Even the act of cleansing and repairing articles of 
clothing bespeaks the virtues of a good woman. 
"She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her 
hands hold the distaff." " She stretcheth out her 
hands to the poor; yea, she reacheth out her hands 
to the needy." 
660 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, III. 

THE DOCTRINAL NUMBER. 

The General Mission Board sent a number of 
copies of the doctrinal issue of the Messenger to 
be distributed where it was thought the paper 
would do good. Very favorable reports are being 
received. Here is one of them. It will inspire ev- 
ery person who took part in prcpa 
that paper: 

I will tell you what I did with the doctr 
you sent me. I gave some to my ncighhors, and sent some lo 
others. Then I look some to Oakland, on Saturday, and gave 
them to certain others on the street, and some I took to houses 
in town. Then I took some in another little town, four miles 
north, and distributed than at such houses as I ihougbt prop- 
er. 1 had distributed tracts in ihcse towns before, some that 
you had sent me a year and two years ago. Nearly all re- 
ceived them gladly and lhanked me for them. 

One lady said, " I will read this and then send it to father in 
Nebraska; he will he so glad to get il." 

Another satd, " I believe that is the only true religion." 
This one is a member of a popular church. 

Another one said, after reading ihedocirine of the Brethren, 
"If there was a church of your people near, I am afraid 1 
would have lu go with them." This is also a member of a 
church and well versed in the Scriptures. 

Another old lady, when I handed her the MESSENGER, said, 
" 1 am taking the Christian Advocate, and I have hardly time 
to read it. What kind of a paper is the GOSPBK, MESSEN- 
GER?" I lold her it was printed by ihe Brethren, commonly 
called Dunkers, She pressed il to her bosom, saying, "O, if it 
is from them, 1 shall like it." 1 said, "Then you know some- 
thing about them? " She answered, " I do, and if there was a 
congregation here, my name would be with them." 

O Brethren, if you could have seen how glad this old lady 
was to get something to read from ihe Brethren, it would have 
done you good. It has repaid me for the trouble I have taken 
lu distribute Ira* ts and Mhsskngeks for the last two years. 
Let us sow bountifully, that wo may reap bountifully! The 
good seed sown will surely produce a harvest, some day, if the 
reapers do not fail to gather it at the proper time. 

Let us all lake courage in sending out and distributing the 
true doctrine of Christ! Wm. A. t'OPK. 

Oakland, Iowa, 



natter for 



TI3IE GOSPEL MESSENGBH/. 



January 2, i8q7> 



The Gospel Messenger, 

FnlllAid wttUy, »t Sl.W p« Aebhk, 67 

The Brethren's Publishing Co., 
Mount Morris, Illinois, 



D. L. MILLER, Mount Morns, 111., Editors. 

H. B. BRUMDAOGH, Huntingdon, Pa., J 

J. H.MOOKB Office Editor, 

Joseph Amick Business Manager. 



Mount Morris, HI., January : 



The special Bible 
nil begin Feb. 2. 



at McPhersjn, Kans 



Hoover is engaged 



neetings at Reid, Md. 



w church edifice, in the Palestine 
1 be dedicated next Sunday. 



. W. B. Stover writes that our mis 
Bulsar, India, are well and happy. 



* BUCKLE' 

tid to ha 



iw preaching at Frank- 
good interest in his 



neetings, 
Bro. Is; 



h Rairigh c 
, last week. 



cd his meetings at Cov- 
hree were baptized and 



In South Carolina t 1 
God or man may the 
not put asunder. 



no divorce la 
together thn 



■er MarvE. TlSD 
added to the ch 
their last council. 



e reports that eight have 
ch at Fort Scott, Kans, 



Bro. Henry Frantz closed 
Laplace, 111., last week, with ele\ 



colony of our people are 
Ark. There are, at this 
i the locality. 



neetings at 
by 



locating near 
time, twenty 



respondent repc 
no tobacco-user 
be commended. 



Sister Anna Fiant, Savonburg, Kans., writes 
that there are but three members at that place, and 
that they miss the meetings very much. 

The Brethren at Batavia, 111., are to commence a 
series of meetings Jan. 3. Bro. Aaron Sollenberger, 
of Pickrell, Nebr., is to do the preaching. 



Bro A. L. Grater, formerly of Malvern, 111., 
ow located at Royersford, Pa., doing church wc 
1 the locality where he spent his boyhood days. 



Bro. J. L. Switzer writes us that eleven have so 
far united with the church at Altamont, Kans., by 
confession and baptism, and two restored to fellow- 
ship. 

ro. D. B. 



s just closed a sent 
the Spring Creek church, Iowe 
another meeting in the Greene - 



of meet- 



ngs i 



plied for membership ; 
baptized. 



ch thi: 



of meetings at Mexi 
n interest. 



Bro, I, J. Rosenberger is booked for a series of 
meetings in the Pittsburg house, Ludlow church, 
Ohio. The meetings are probably in progress by 
this time. „__^ ^___ 

We may rate a minister's ability by the number 
of converts he brings into the church, but in the 
end the Lord will grade him by the number he 
leads into heaven. 



Bro. J. A. Dove is said to have done a good 
work for the Brethren at Hagerstown, Md. He re- 
cently closed a series of meetings there with 
twenty-four accessions. 



J. U. G 



Washingtor 
District Mi: 



of the Pacific Coast, 
ddressed at Oysterville, Pacific Co., 
te is there at the request of the 
Board. 



Bro. William Ritchey closed a series of meet- 
ings in the Yellow Creek church, Bedford Co., Pa., 
Nov. 29, with eight baptized and one reclaimed. 
So writes Bro. Henry Burket. 



Bro. Fercken sen 
all of our readers, h 
work entrusted to hi; 



his Christmas greeting to 
seems to be happy in the 



State 
that ; 



Dierdorff, of Franklin Grove, thi; 
/ale, Iowa, holding some meeting; 
ch appreciated. 



.0. Peter Stuckman closed his meetings i 
n Center church, Ind., with sixty-one ; 
; by confession and baptism. 



Five accessions to the White Oak church, Ohio 
are reported as the outcome of a number of meet- 
ings, held by Bro, Joseph Longanecker. 



All communications intended for Bro. J. S 
Geiser should now be addressed to him at 1607 Ed- 
monds Avenue, Baltimore, Md. Those who ordei 
Bro. McCann's book from Baltimore, or send fund; 
for the contemplated house of worship at 
place, should keep this address in mind. 



Bro. Silas Hoover' 
Meadow house, Washing 
encouraging to the cause 
suited in seventeen acce; 






at the Long 
i., proved very 
ality. They re- 



The Missionary Visitor has suspended publication, 
d the Mission Board will now make use of the 
!ssionary page of the Messenger for what it has 
to say, commencing with the present issue. 



just in receipt of the Minutes of t 
trict of Tennessee, North Carolina and 
One paper goes to the Annual Meeting. 

fey is to represent the District 
Standing Committee, 

Next week Bro. Mille 
njoyed the closing wei 



■will tell us how well he 
ks of the year with the 
n Nebraska. He is spending a few days 
at Plattsburg, Mo., this week, and is expected home 
before this issue is mailed. 

writes that 
and that it 
that come 



Bro. D. L. Forney, Palestine, Ark , 
more preachers are needed in that State 
is impossible for him to fill all the calls 
to him. He writes encouragingly 
work in that part of the Scuth. 

Bro. C. D. Hylton is engaged in a series ol 
meetings in the Pine Grove house, near Hawthorn 
Fla. Five have been baptized, and others may fol 
low. So writes Bro. J. C. Lahman, who reports th« 
meetings interesting and the prospects encouraging 



On Christmas Day we received a letter from Bro. 
Amos H. Haines, in which he states that he had 
just finished his work in Yale University for 1896, 
and in company with his wife, expected to spend 
the Holidays with the Brethren at his old home in 
New Jersey. 

From what Prof. Irl R. Hicks, the well-known 
weather prophet, of St. Louis, had predicted, we 
naturally expected December weather of unusual 
severity. But we have been happily disappointed, 
Milder weather for December we do not remember 
to have seen in this latitude. The entire month 



•ite thi; 



the 



■:. !.' lit'.: 



rly spring 
ng to the 



has been delightful. 
29th, at which time it 
than midwinter.. Sue 

Special Bible Terms are to be held at all of oui 
schools, some of them commencing next week, and 
we would urge our people to attend them as much 
as possible. Especially should our ministers pat 



Bro. Edward Gegax has lately settled in Arch- 
bold, Ohio, and would like to know to what con- 
gregation he properly belongs. Some of the breth- 
ren will please give him the desired information. 

Some matter, relating to New Year reflections, in- 
cluding some poetry, reached us too late for this 
issue, and will, therefore, not appear. Communica- 
tions of this kind should have been on hand weeks 
ago. 

The White Fanner, published at Altamont, Kans., 
speaks very highly of Bro. J. Glick's work in the 
Altamont church, stating that six [ n ] recently unit- 
ed with the church, as the result of his late series of 
meetings. 

Those who write business on one side of a sheet, 
and church news on the other, need not be disap- 
pointed if the news they send does not appear in 
the paper. Matters of this kind should be written 
on separate sheets. 



r correspondents mentions 
which not an unkind word 
the kind 



council- 



hat 



One of 
meeting 

council-meeting to have. 
Even angels can rejoice over such a business meet- 
ing. We deplore the meetings where unkind word; 
abound, and the members must go to their homes 
feeling depressed. Let us have more of these 
councils where love prevails and the grace of God 
fills every heart. 



The instructio 
lines of study will certainly prove very helpful, and 
this is an age when preachers cannot well afford to 
miss such opportunities for study. A number of 
the churches should send some of their ministers to 
these Bible Terms. It will not only add to their 
present stock of knowledge, but will give them an 
inspiration for study and work that is sure to mani- 
fest itself in many ways. It occurs to us that the 
preachers in Northern Illinois are not getting the 
good out of our Bible Terms that they should. 
This can probably be said of other parts of the 
Brotherhood also. We again urge our brethren to 
attend the Bible Terms. 



It is astonishing how much nonsense is going the 
rounds of the papers concerning the Brethren. 
This, which we clip from the Chicago Times- Herald, 
of Dec. 4, is ahead of anything we have yet seen: 

Ligonier, Ind., Dec. 23— The religious society, known as 
Dunkards, is endeavoring to purchase the entire region com- 
prised within Brown County, in this State, to which its mem- 
bers will emigrate to establish a government of their own ac- 
cording to their peculiar notions. C. E. Everett, of Atbion, is 
the projector of the scheme. He has already purchased 
41,000 acres of land in that County, to which 100 families will 
remove in a few days. The projectors say that neither jail 
nor courthouse will be needed, and thai 
officers will be held only to comply wit 
erty will be held in common. 

There is no disposition on the 
to establish a colony and goveri 
stated, and if there is any such 
the Brethren want to give it a 
It is all right for members to er 
tie in colonies, if they feel so 
should avoid giving men, and la 
ticular, occasion for circulating reports like this. 
A colony on this plan is neither feasible nor advisa- 
ble, and if any project of the kind is on foot, we are 
confident that it cannot and will not end well. The 
old-fashioned way of our Brethren purchasing land 
where they please, living among the people, and let- 
ting their light so shine as to convert them, is by far 
J the better way to advance the cause of Christ. 



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January 2, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL IMTESSIEIISra-E:^. 



Bro. G. W. Sellers writes us that the ! 
meetings in the Poplar Ridge church, Defia 
Ohio, still continues, with ele 



ANOTHER YEAR'S WORK. 

With pleasure we again greet our readers at this, 
the beginning of another year. We might suggest 
the propriety of turning a new leaf for the year 
1897, and striving to improve upon the past. But it 
occurs to us that each day favors us with a new 
leaf, and it now remains for us to determine what 
shall be entered upon that leaf to our credit or our 
discredit. 

As we contemplate the coming months, weeks 
and days, we are impressed with the thought that 
the year is one of great importance to each of us. 
It should be employed with the very best efforts of 
our lives, and, in this way, may it prove a blessing 
to each of us and the various interests entrusted to 
our care. It, therefore, becomes us to enter upon 
our several duties fully resolved to make the best 
possible use of every opportunity afforded for the 
advancement of the cause of Christ, both in our- 
selves and in others. 

We suggest that our first duty is to seek and ear- 
nestly strive for a higher degree of Christian at- 
tainment in ourselves. The growing want in the 
Brethren church to-day is, more personal piety and 
spirituality in her members. We have not attained 
that degree of holiness that should characterize the 
truly devout. By an earnest effort to reach a state 
of greater piety, we not only render our own salva- 
tion more sure, but we proportionally increase our 
ability to lead others to Christ and develop them 
for his kingdom. 

We hope to see the year replete with well-direct- 
ed efforts in the interest of Christianity in all parts 
of the Brotherhood. Our movements in every de- 
partment of church work ought to be far more 
aggressive than in any former year of our history. 
There are a number of things that should be not 
only encouraged, but pushed with energy. The 
time is here when every member should see that 
his face is set in the right direction, and then 
. . . "stretch ev'ry nerve 
And press with vigor on." 

We need more aggressive work along the mission 
line. Our State Mission Boards should be made up 
of the most energetic brethren we have in the Fra- 
ternity. They not only want to push men out into 
the various fields, but they want to urge, and insist 
upon the churches coming to their assistance. 
They will even find it necessary, in not a few 
places, to urge the elders and preachers of their 
District to greater activity. We also suggest that 
these Boards at once lay plans for placing their 
new mission points in charge of competent evangel- 
ists, who can devote all their time and energies to 
the work. This should be done at as early a date 
as possible. Every State District ought to have 
one evangelist, or more, who gives his whole time 
to the mission work. And it would not be amiss 
for the General Mission Board to consider ways 
and means for doing more mission work, and open 
up still greater mission fields. In fact, every 
preacher and worker among us would do well to 
make an effort to double his diligence for the Lord 
during the present year. 

We suggest that our local churches everywhere 
take new life on them, and move out in force to 
help convert that part of the world at their door. 
We have hundreds of churches that ought to be do- 
ing twice as much work as they are now accom- 
plishing. They want to multiply their preaching 
places, and then help their preachers to get to 
these places. Then our local ministers should so 
divide up their labors that each man will know what 
his work is. When this is done ministers can do 
more and better preaching. We never did believe 



in a half dozen preachers at one place of worship, 
Sunday after Sunday. Let them scatter out! Let 
the elders urge that they do their best, and see that 
they have a proper understanding about the labors 
devolving upon each, so that the more may be ac- 
complished. 

This is a year in which our Sunday school work- 
ers should accomplish wonders for Christ. There 
is no more important open door before the church 
to-day than this far-reaching line of work. Every 
available force at our command should be called 
into active service in this line of Christian useful- 
ness. It is a work in which the old and young can 
alike engage, both at home and abroad, and we 
hope the churches on every hand will not only 
have well-equipped Sunday schools at home, but 
send out workers into all the adjoining sections 
where good may be accomplished. 

The church is also greatly in need of more 
preachers and active elders. Scores of our faithful 
elders are growing old. While they have been 
grand men in their time, they are failing, and not a 
few of them seem not to be aware of it. They are 
no more active enough to lead the churches in the 
aggressive departments in which the people of God 
should be engaged. All honor to them for what 
they have done! They will go to their graves cov- 
ered with honor, but we need scores of more active 
men to take their places, and bear the heat and 
burden of the day. By all means ought every aged 
elder, now in charge of a church, to make an effort 
to have a younger and stronger brother ordained, to 
assist him in pushing the Master's work, for most 
assuredly does the Master want his work pushed 
for all there is in it. Besides, we have scores of 



who 



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This 



fortunate. The Lord never intended that any of his 
flocks should be, for any great length of time, with- 
out a resident shepherd, to go in and out among 
the sheep, Let every possible effort be made to 
find and develop men for the eldership, that each 
church may have her own resident elder. This is a 
matter of vastly more importance than most people 
think. Were Paul here he would probably send his 
Titus around to do a much-neglected work in this 
respect. 

During the year 1897 we ought to elect more 
young brethren to the ministry. We probably 
have scores of talented young men who should now 
be training for the important responsibilities that 
must soon pass to them. Many of our churches 
are too timid about calling young brethren to the 
ministry, fearing that they cannot be trusted. 
They do not stop to think that they will have to be 
trusted with the affairs of the church very shortly, 
for the older ministers will all soon be gone. 
Then it should be borne in mind that all of our 
present ministers, of special ability, were set apart 
to the work while young, and that not a few, and 
probably the most of them, were installed in the 
midst of doubts and fears upon the part of those 
who could not just see the hand of God in the 
work. Far be it from us to encourage the entrust- 
ing of the Word to unfaithful men, but we believe 
that we have scores of trusty young brethren in all 
parts of the Brotherhood, who will grow into great 
usefulness, if the churches will only place them 
where the Lord and the cause can develop them. 
We suggest that every church look out some of her 
earnest young brethren, call them to the ministry 
in the usual way, and prepare them to take charge 
of the affairs of the kingdom when the older ones 
have passed to their reward. 

Looking at the New Year, in view of the above 
considerations, and a number of others, that we 
need not occupy space to name at this time, it oc- 
curs to us that the present year has in store many 
very important duties awaiting our attention. May 
we not expect important results as the weeks go 
by? J- H. M - 



THE CHURCH AND MISSION WORK. 

THE ATTITUDE OP THE CHURCH TOWARDS MISSION 
WORK. — WHAT IS IT? 

What it is.— On the part of the more aggressive 
members of the church, there is no subject that is 
being so deeply considered as that of mission 
work. The position we take in the Christian 
world, as a people, what wc believe and what we 
preach, forces us to be intensely interested in the 
salvation of the world. If we do not show this, 
actively and aggressively, we place our own seal 
on our profession that we do not fully believe what 
wc preach. This may seem to be putting it a little 
strong, but, really, it should be made, if possible, 
tenfold stronger. What makes our condition still 
worse, is, those who intensify our responsibility, as 
a church, are the ones who are least awakened and 
are doing little or nothing for the cause. 

What do we mean by this? We mean this: A 
large per cent of those who are unconcerned and 
doing comparatively nothing for the mission cause 
are the most radical in their views, and believe 
that if the world is to be saved, it must be done 
through the Brethren church. To believe this 
ought to bring to us the magnitude of our respon- 
sibilities to the world, and ought to so stir up our 
souls to a realization of our duty, that we should 
have no rest, day or night, until our own land, 
heathen lands, — all lands, — are supplied with mis-' 
sionaries who would preach the primitive and sav- 
ing Gospel to all people. Why, brother, what do 
we think? What do we believe? How can the 
world be saved unless the true Gospel is preached? 
How can the people hear without a preacher? 
And how can a man preach unless he is sent? 

These are wonderful interrogatories and must 
bring conviction to every thinking mind. Taking 
the most liberal view possible, there are grave re- 
sponsibilities resting upon the Brethren church in 
the mission work. We have a work to do for the 
salvation of souls that can be done by no other 
church. It is our work and what is left undone 
by us will not be done, and we will have to account 
for it. 

Our attitude towards the mission work is not 
what it should be. We are not nearly up to our 
possibilities. The Lord has given us possibilities 
to have the Gospel preached to all the world, if we 
would make half the sacrifice that the importance 
of the work demands. 

What Should our Attitude be? — It should be 
that of calling into requisition all the possibili- 
ties that we have. Every force and power we 
have should be utilized in a work in which the 
salvation of souls is involved. That we are not 
doing this must be very evident to all of us. 
And why? Because we have not seriously consid- 
ered the importance of the work. We do not look 
at it in the right way. We do not see it in the 
right light, and do not feel the weight of our re- 
sponsibilities. Is there anything more important 
than the salvation of souls? If there is, then 
should we give all of our push and energy to that 
work. If the ultimate of life, being and labor is 
the salvation of the soul, we ought to know what 
to do. We show commendable zeal in our farm- 
ing, merchandising and the different callings in 
life because we feel that they are important, that 
we may enjoy the few years that we live here. If 
we are willing to do so much labor and sacrifice 
for a limited enjoyment during a few years of earth- 
life, how much are we willing to do for an eternity 
of life where there is fullness of joy? God grants 
us the privilege of making our own estimate. 

But we must not forget that he has plainly said 
that our reward will be equal and coetaneous with 
our works. If we are willing to make large sacri- 
fices to obtain that which, at best, is only transi- 
tory, we ought to do scores of times more to ob- 



THE GOSPEL MESSZEItTG-iEIR,. 



January 2, 18 



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tain for ourselves 
abide eternally. 

Now sit down a moment and ask yourself how 
much you have done, all these years, for the 
Master's cause and the salvation of souls. How 
much,— do you say,— how much? " Lovest thou 
me more than these?" Christian friends, we must 
awake to our duty towards having the Gospel 
preached to every creature, or surely the Lord will 
not own us as his. We do not deserve to be unless 
we do his work. Don't think that, by paying a lit- 
tle money towards building your churchhouse, cov- 
ering your running church expenses and being 
loyal to the order of the church you are meriting 
heaven. Only this much is selfish. We are to mer- 
it salvation through grace, by laboring to save oth- 
ers. We ere our brother's keeper, and we are to 
keep him well enough to see that his soul is saved. 
Christ died for him and we arc to tell him so. 
"Go ye into £# the world." We must not talk so 
much about keeping the commands, until we try to 
keep them ourselves. We, perhaps, are diligent in 
keeping some commands of our own making, and, 
at the same time, are overlooking some of the 
many positive ones made by Christ. We do this 
because they are cheaper.^don't cost so much. 
Cheapness will not count so much in the day of 
judgment. The Lord wants, for his service, the 
first fruits of our fields and the best of our flocks, 
and he will get them, too, it we love him first and 
best. 

The Excuses. — These are always plenty and in 
abundance. Some may be plausible; others are 
manufactured because we want them, — poverty, 
hard times, large families to provide for, much 
sickness, bad luck, etc. No wonder some of these 
things, — or all of them, — should happen to some of 
us. If the Lord would not trust us better than we 
trust him, we would all have bad luck and be as 
poor as poverty could make us. He says, "The 
liberal soul shall be made fat," but we don't be- 
lieve it,— we will not be liberal and, therefore, re- 
main lean and poor. 

The Lord says, " Prove me now herewith, . . . 
if I will not open you the windows of heaven 
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not 
be room enough to receive it." But you say, 
"No, Lord, we will not risk you; we would 
rather trust in our own selves and keep what we 
have." Then the Lord lets us have our own way; 
the windows of heaven are not open and the 
blessings do not come. Certainly not! 

The wise man has wisely said, "There is a with- 
holding that impoverished, and a giving that in- 
creaseth." Some of us are doing the first. We 
are keeping back that which belongs to the Lord, 
and the more we thus keep, the poorer we get. 
Had we not better try the other way? Give the 
Lord a chance to help us to give, and our excuses 
will vanish as the dew. Too many of us have 
sweeney of the soul, or, in Bible language, leanness 
of soul, — a disease contracted by robbing the 
Lord of his tithes. Cannot we believe God when 
we are assured that his store-house is inexhausti- 
ble, and that he will give freely and willingly to 
those who trust him? If we don't have enough 
faith to accept these promises why accept any? If 
he fulfills in one, why not in all? "Give that ye 
may receive." 

Others say that our mission work has not been 
as fruitful as it should be; that those in charge are 
thriving around the work; that there are hindran- 
ces that defeat the ends desired, and that, because 
of this, much of the means already given has been 
wasted. Through lack of experience, and the use 
of wrong means to ends, mistakes may have been 
made— indeed, were made —and failures have re- 



ulted. But 









should,-and those in charge of the missionary 



work, as far as their authority goes, will, no doubt, 
make such changes as wisdom and the Holy Spirit 
will dictate, so that the work will not be hindered 
by trying to enforce rules and regulations that 
have ceased to meet the ends intended. The 
church, the Mission Board, or no one else, has a 
right to spend hard-earned money in repeating 
failures. Mission work, done in the Lord's way, 
never was a failure, and if we repeat that which 
leads to failures, it will plainly show that such 
ways are not of the Lord, and the membership will 
be righteously excused from giving for such ends. 

But as it always has been the policy of the 
church to right her mistakes, we feel assured that 
there will be no further cause for such excuses 
being made. We must not expect the fruit too 
soon. With patience, and in hope, the sower sows 
his seed and waits for the early and latter rains, 
that the harvest may come. Much of our mission- 
ary work is in the sowing stage. After awhile the 
time for reaping and gathering will come. Give 
and pray that the harvest may be a bountiful one! 



'HOME * AND * FAMILY < 



■THERE WAS NO ROOA1 FOR THEM IN THE INN.' 



Thou, the Eternal Son 

Tho' of thy glory shorn; 
Thou, very God of very God 

Tho' man of Mary born;— 
Is there no room for thee 

Even in Bethlehem's inn? 
Dost ihon who comest lo thine 

From them no welcome win? 
Dost thou the bitter cross 

So eagerly embrace 
For us, and we for thee prepan 

No poorest dwelling place? 
No room for thee? No room 

For love and sacrifice 
Such as no mortal could concei 

And none but thou devise? 



,heai 



Tho' I am poor indeed, 
I know I can provide a spot 

To meet thy lowly need. 
Such love as thine must crave, 

Above all other things 
The love of those on whom 'tis spent. 

And all that loving brings, 
For love is shelter, food, 

A bed of down, a throne; 
Its very breath obedience 

To him whom it doth own. 
Come, sweetest Jesus, then, 

In this poor heart abide; 
And I shall love thee more and more 

Till love is satisfied. 
_ —Indtpem 

SISTERS* PRAYER-COVERINU ABUSED. 



It matters not how good the purpose of any- 
thing is, it can easily be abused. 

Among the many things abused we mention 
our sisters' covering during prayer. The covering, 
worn for its intended purpose, portrays sacredness, 
hence makes vivid impressions for good. Simply 
wearing it for obedience is one thing, but to do so 
because of a realization of its true import, is quite 
another thing. How many can give a better rea- 
son than simply because it is a "church rule," or 
" an old-time custom? " Some view it merely from 
a standpoint of plainness. Such reasons are not 
sufficient, and prove really injurious. 

How often is the sacredness destroyed cruelly, 
by worldly, or even worse than worldly, conversa- 
tion and conduct? Paul would say, " Having the 
form of godliness and denying the power thereof." 
Think of a half dozen or more sisters collected on 
Sunday afternoon, after attending services in the 
forenoon, talking about everything else save the 



" one thing needful," and all this, with their prayer- 
covering on! Do we ever cover our heads for 
prayer and then not pray/ 

I was forcibly impressed with a brother's intima- 
tion, some time ago, of sisters " covering up " their 
prayer with " a prayer-covering," but, on the other 
side, there are, to our regret, some who, by exam- 
ple, say that their heads should be uncovered, in 
order that their prayers may ascend. 

In family worship, or at the table, when thanks 
are returned, how many of us show timidity when 
in the presence of fashionable society? It being a 
cross is, indeed, a favorable characteristic. Timidi- 
ty to stand up for our principles gives occasion for 
scorn, rather than a strict adherence. How timid 
we are about removing our bonnet (or whatever is 
worn for weather protection ) when in church! The 
Revised Version has it, — " a sign of authority." 
Are not signs visible? What would our impres- 
sion be, on entering a dry-goods store, with a sign 



. the 



side? 



Should there be such a thing as angels visiting 
our families, as they did in the time of Abraham 
and Lot, I imagine we would have a season of 
prayer with them. Our sisters would not hesitate 
to cover their heads " because of the angels." 
They would not consume time discussing whether 
it should be their hair, or even a bonnet or hood 
either. I think they should prefer something made 
for that express purpose. They would feel at a 
loss, not to be prepared with a covering. Are the 
angels not present with us now (in spirit)? If not, 
whose fault is it? "Are they not all ministering 
spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be 
heirs of salvation? " Heb. i : 14. 

Another inconsistency manifests itself when fash- 
ionably-attired sisters are seen with a cap on. 
Good taste disapproves of such a contrasted com- 
bination. Those who are fashionable ridicule such 



Neatness is very essential in connection 
plainness. Our sisters who have had 
in this, can do a good work in assisting 
who have had no practice. The sacred co\ 
should be adapted to its purpose. 

On the other side, we have heard and see 
many expressions of mere admiration. This 
the sacredness of the covering during praye 
this, as in all our Christian experiences, thei 
many sides to watch. Let us be on our guard 

Pittsburg, Ohio. 



with 



THOUQHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR. 

BY LULA HARSHBARGER, 

"Another year with all its hopes and fears, 

Has sunk into the deep abyss of time; 

And on the threshold of the new we stand, 

Like travelers to ,1 strange and disiant clime." 
Ofttimes, at the beginning of a new year, we 
make many good resolutions, but, alas, so often we 
break them! May each of us have divine grace 
enough to live up to our highest ideal the coming 
year! Much might be said in regard to the subject 
and it must be compassed in so little, that we have 
selected some choice thoughts from various au- 
thors, and submit them for consideration. 

"The past is gone and of no use to us except as 
a guide by which to direct our journey in the fu- 
ture." Yet, — 

" II is never too late to begin rebuilding, 

Though all into ruins your life seems hurled; 

For look how the beautiful springtime is gilding 

The worn, wan face of the bruised old world." 



" Friend, if thou dost bethink thee m 
To lip some earnest pledge or vow, 
Search well thy heart, nor idly let 
The burden on thy soul be set. 
Load not thy faith until it strain 
And break and all be worse than v, 
Measure thy power, and for the res 
Beseech thy God to bless the test." 



Count the following a 
" Live each day well, 



TECIE GOSPEL 3^ESSE3STC3-EI^. 



Bear in mind, "it is the way in which we employ 
the odd minutes, that counts for or against us in 
the end." 

Your greatest battle for the coming year will be 
the warfare of lips, your shield should be the 
breastplate of religion. Sometimes trials shall 
overtake you which may almost seem to conquer, 
but "be patient, — it's the only remedy against the 
ills of life," and "The brave soul wins in the end; 
never get discouraged. It does no good." 

"The more deeply we scan our own hearts, the 
more we see there to conquer, in order that we may 
become fit companions for the angels," therefore 
we find it beneficial to turn our eyes within, some- 
times, and get acquainted with our innermost self. 
No doubt each of us will find room for improve- 

" Some men live as if there were no to-morrows 
and eternity was a myth." Does this apply to any 
of our readers? We trust not. 

Don't waste time sorrowing over what "might 
have been." There is still time for you to "re- 
pent and believe," if you will improve your oppor- 

" Regret is vain unless it teaches to avoid cause 
for it." Our thoughts, speech and lives need our 
careful attention, so let us 

"Think truly, and our thoughts 
Shall the world's famine feed; 
Speak truly, and each word of ours 

Shall be a truthful seed; 
Live truly, and our lives shall be 
A great and noble creed." 
May the new year be full of blessings for the 
Messenger and all its readers, and for each of you 
we trust that 



" Whai 
God | 
Peac. 



:'er to thy lot be sent, 

rant the new year will bring thee 



And may we ever remember that the grandest 
and noblest rule for the New Year and all time is 
that of life religion in which, 

"The sweetest songs are lived noi sung, — 
The hand speaks better than the tongue, 
Our deeds trace deeper than our pen 
And write upon the hearts of men." 
Ladoga, Ind. 



CORRESPONDENCE i 






s brief as possible. 



Sunday School Report. 

At her late District Meeting the Northeastern 
District of Ohio decided that the following report 
should appear in the Messenger: 

No. I. — Report of the Sabbath schools in the Northeastern 
District of Ohio, from Sept. 2!, 1895, to Sept, 20, 1806: Number 
of schools in District, 33, of which one is a mission school, and 
three are union schools. Number of schools reported, 27. 
Number of scholars in attendance, 1,851. Number of teachers, 
male, 94; female, 91; total, 185. Total average attendance, 
1,389- Amount collected for general expenses, $345.18. 
Amount of expenses of the schools, $315.91. The amount do- 
nated by seven schools for missionary purposes: For Chicago 
Mission, $16.07; Baltimore Mission, $7 00; India Mission, $22. 28; 
Home Mission, S4.91; General Mission, $3.95; total, $54.21. 

Twenty-two schools use the Brethren's Quarterlies; three, 
the Bible, and two, Cook's Quarterlies. Twelve schools use 
the Young Disciple, and one the Children at Work, The 
Brethren's Sunday School Song Book is used in ten schools. 

There are nine schools that continue throughout the year, 
but only three that convene every Sabbath. 

No. 2.— One regular Teachers' Meeting. In nearly all of 
the schools, ail officers and all teachers are members of the 
church. Most of the officers are elected by the schools. In 
four schools they are elected by the church. For four schools 
the church furnishes the literature. 

The largest school in the District has 15; scholars; the 
smaller one, 8 scholars. In many of our schools no special 
effort is made to teach the children to sing, nor to commit 
Scripture verses, neither are they taught to contribute to the 
mission cause. Much depends upon the superintendents. 

We are glad that eight schools report that they have no dis- 
couragements and no hindrances, but others are discouraged 
because of small schools, tardiness, irregular teachers, indif- 



ference of members, and Sunday visiting. Others are encc 
aged by the good interest, increased attendance, co-operal 
of members, help of the aged, and the conversion of schol; 

The growth of most of our schools during the last three 
years is not very marked. One hundred and seven addi 
to the church were reported, of which sixty-four were Sabbath 

No. 3.— The Canton school is flourishing. Willing workers, 
regular attendance, regular teachers, interest of the aged 
members; more enthusiasm and better preparation are re 
ed to be the greatest needs of our schools. These are a 
eluded in the great need of consecrated workers. 

Six problems for the consideration of our workers: 

1. Should not the officers of our schools be elected by the 

2. Should not the church be willing to bear the expenses of 
the Sunday school so that the children may give their offer- 
ings for the mission cause? 

3. Can we afford to do without teachers' meetings? 

4. Can we not furnish work for our young members by ap- 
pointing visiting, missionary and welcoming committees? 

5. What effort can we make that Sabbath schools may be 
organized in those churches of our District that do not have 






-- arr.iupc t- 



eports of every school in 



The* Mission Work In Middle Iowa. 

We (the Mission Board of Middle Iowa) have 
helped Bro. Geo. A. Shamberger, of Louisiana, to 
locate in Des Moines, Iowa, where he expects to la- 
bor for some time, if God permits, 

The Des Moines Valley church, with the help of 
the adjoining churches and the General Mission 
Board, have purchased a lot with a very plain, sub- 
stantial churchhouse and also a dwelling, in the City 
of Des Moines. The property was purchased a lit- 
tle over two years ago, and is all paid for but about 
SiOO. The work has been steadily growing since 
that time. The last year and one-half Bro. E. B. 
Hoff and wife had charge of the work, but, on ac 
count of Bro. Hoff's health, they are in St. Louis 
this winter. 

Bro. George A. Shamberger and family seer 
be well pleased with the change of climate, and 
much concerned about the Master's business. Any 
brethren or sisters, passing through here, will bi 
heartily welcomed at 1606 Lyon Street, East Des 



We also succeeded in helping Bro. Chas. M. Year- 
out, of Kansas, to locate at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
This is a point which has been under our care for 
some time, while Des Moines came under our care 
only last September. Bro. M. M. Sherrick was for- 
merly at Cedar Rapids. Bro. Chas. M. Yearout, so 
far as we know, seems satisfied, and busily engaged 
in the work of the Lord. We trust that the work 
will continue to grow there, as there are quite a 
number of members in that city. They have a neat 
little house of worship, but one thing they lack, 
which we hope to have some day,— a dwelling for a 
minister, as rent is very high in cities. Perhaps 
some wealthy brother, who has means to give to the 
Lord's cause, could build a house for that purpose 
and donate it, or, at least, furnish it free of rent. 
Any brethren or sisters, passing through, will be 
welcomed by Bro. Yearout and the brethren and 
sisters of Cedar Rapids. 

We ask to be remembered in the prayers of all, 
that the effort we are making in mission work may 
be successful. We are very thankful to the Gener- 
al Mission Board for the help they have given us, 
in the way of financial aid and also of advice. 

We would be pleased to see reports from other 
District Mission Boards. It will help us to gather 
new ideas and plans. We pray the Lord to bless 
the work, as far as we have gone, according to his 
holy will! W. E. West. 

Dec. 17. 



From Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 



The 



We arrived here Thanksgiving rr 
Iizzard that swept down upon us soon after our 
rrival, gave us a cool reception; but we found 
ome warm-hearted brethren and sisters, who gave 
s a hearty welcome to our new home and work. 

Sister Lydia Taylor certainly knows how to 
lake strangers feel at home in a strange city, 



where we knew no one. The Brethren have a pros- 
perous Sunday school and a live prayer meeting 
every Wednesday evening in their comfortable 
churchhouse at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 
Twelfth Street. 

I feel encouraged in entering upon the work at 
this place. I believe the members, in general, are 
alive and interested in the prosperity and advance- 
ment of the Master's cause. Our congregations 
are not large, but very attentive, and seem to be 
on the increase. 

Brethren passing through the city, are invited to 
call on us at I2ig Second Avenue East. Ministers, 
especially, are requested to drop us a card a few 
days ahead, and we will try to arrange for meetings. 
Thos. H. Higgs, the efficient foreman of the Mis- 
sion Board of Middle Iowa, was with us over Sun- 
day and Monday, and visited among the members. 
* ' : seems to be pleased with the outlook and gave 
kind words of encouragement, as well as some 
good advice. We ask an interest in the prayers of 
the Brotherhood, in behalf of the work at Cedar 
Rapids. Chas. M. Yearout. 

121Q Second Ave., Hast, Dec. 16. 



An Explanation. 



In Gospel Messenger No. 32, page 500, appears 
an article from my pen upon the subject, " The Lost 
Power," which seems to have failed to give satisfac- 
tion to all its readers. The objection is raised, that 
it is calculated to destroy faith. I fail to see that 
quality in it. My object in writing that article was 
to inspire a greater degree of faith in those who did 
what they did in the name of the Lord, I there- 
fore referred to the twelve apostles, Matt. 10: 1-10, 
and Luke 9: 1-5. Then I also alluded to the sev- 
enty, Luke to: 1-19, showing that on these special 
occasions, special gifts and powers were delegated 
to them, which were not vested in them on all occa- 

Now, to try to make it appear that, what was true 
of them on those special occasions, must now be 
true of every believer in Christ, I regarded then, 
and equally so now, as a mistake. Believing it to 
be a mistake, I kindly ask my critics to reread, and 
make the application of each Scripture cited, just 
where it belongs, and I think you will have no more 
difficulty with my article. 

I called your attention to the fact that Jesus made 
a change with the seventy. See Luke 22: 35, 36, 
They were to equip themselves in a different man- 
ner, — even to buying a sword. They said they had 
two swords already, and were told, "It is enough," 

enough for his purpose. That settled the sword- 
buying business. It would be well never to make 
Scripture apply where it was not intended. 

A. Hutchison. 



From Kansas and Missouri. 

On Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day) I 
left my home for Westphalia, Kans., to assist the 
ibers in a protracted meeting. We arrived at 
the place of meeting on Saturday, Nov. 28, and 
ontinued the meetings two weeks, with increas- 
ng interest and attendance. This is the former 
tome of Bro. Chas. M. Yearout who has removed 
/ith his family to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to take 
harge of the mission at that place. Bro. Harry 
imith is now their only minister. He has been but 
ecently called to the work, but gives promise of 
great usefulness to the church. This is called the 
Scott Valley church. Bro. John Sherfey is their 
lder. 
From there I went to Mount Ida, Anderson 
County, to the Cedar Creek church. Bro. Jesse 
Studebaker is in charge at this place. We tried to 
break to them the Bread of Life on Monday night. 
Next day we went to Fort Scott, where we staid all 
night and preached for them, There is a good 
house of worship at that place, and the members 
feel at home. Bro. Alden Crumpacker is their resi- 
dent minister. Though young in years, he handles 
the Sword skillfully. Bro. John Neher is their eld- 
We trust that their future will be prosperous! d 



THE GOSPEL MBSSEITGEB, 



January 2, 1897. 



We are now in Nevada, at the home of Bro. J. 

Richardson, enjoying their hospitality, until we 

find conveyance to our home in Cedar County, 

Mo., about thirty-five miles, over rough, hilly roads. 

W. H. Miller. 

Jerico, Mo. 

From the Wnde Branch Church, Miami Co., Kans. 

The members of this church met in quarterly 
council Dec. 12. Most of the business before the 
meeting was of a missionary nature and passed off 
pleasantly. Eld. I. H. Crist, of the Maple Grove 
church, presided over the meeting. Our elder, 
Bro. George Myers, could not be with us, on ac- 
count of ill health. Steps were taken to get each 
family in this church to take the Messenger. We 
remember, while living in Illinois, asking a brother 
to subscribe for the Messenger and he said, "Oh 
times are so hard," but, at the same time, he was 
spending more money for tobacco in one year than 
the Messenger would cost in three years. On 
Sunday morning after our council, Bro. Crist 
preached for us on the text, "Come thou with us 
and we will do thee good, for the Lord hath spo- 
ken good concerning Israel." He also preached 
in the evening. 

Bro. J. M. Miller, of Westphalia, Kans., is teach- 
ing a singing-class here now. He has proved him- 
self to be a splendid teacher. Any of our church- 
es, wanting a singing-teacher, can not do better 
than to employ him. Since our singing com- 
menced we have introduced the "Sunday School 
Song Book." It is giving splendid satisfaction. 
A. M. Sharp. 

Wade, Kans, 

From the Knoxvllle Church, Ark. 

Dec. 16, at 1 P. M., the members, belonging to 
the Brethren's Colony at this place met and organ- 
ized a church. Eld. Weimcr, from Washington 
County, Ark., directed the work. We have now 
twenty members, including one elder, two ministers 
in the second degree and two deacons. The or- 
ganization is to be known as the Knoxville church. 
Bro. Henry Brubaker was chosen to be our elder. 
Bro. J. S. Bosserman was advanced to the second 
degree of the ministry and Bro. Moses Stutzman 
was elected deacon. Brethren Bosserman and 
Stutzman, with their wives, were duly installed. 
Arrangements were made for a love feast, which 
was held in the M. E. church on Friday evening, 
Dec. 18. This closed a week's meetings, which 
Bro. Weimer conducted for us. 

Our doctrine is new to the people here, and we 
feel that our every-day lives and conversation will 
tell as much in its favor,— 1/ we live what we pro- 
fess— z.% will preaching it from the pulpit. May 
our love to God help each and all. here and else- 
where, to be faithful to him in living up to our re- 
ligious promises! Catharine Beerv VanDyke. 

The South Waterloo Church, Iowa. 

Twelve years ago, in company with my wife, I 
made my first visit to the South Waterloo church, 
Iowa. During that visit of ten days I assisted in 
church work, the character of which led me to re- 
peat my visit. I have now returned from a ten- 
day Bible Normal with the Brethren there, and 
write this while waiting for the train at Forreston, 
111. 

In contrasting the present condition of the South 
Waterloo church with that of twelve years aeo. 
marked improvements 



particulars are 
noticeable. Taking the membership as a whole, 
there is decided improvement both in aim and zeal. 
This is largely due to the singleness of aim and 
purpose on the part of the ministry. The Word is 
preached regularly, not only at the usual home ap- 
pointments, but at other points which have been 
established as centers, around which souls are gath- 
ering. 

The ministry is not left to carry forward this 
work alone. The laity come to their aid in a very 
substantial manner, thus dividing the burden, and 



sharing the interest in the work. As a result, this 
church has, at its main place of worship, a large, 
live Sunday school, prayer meeting and 1 
preaching services each Lord's Day. They h 
also become interested in Bible study, the present 
having been the third annual Bible Normal held 
by this church. 

Notwithstanding the rough roads, fully one hun- 
dred attended two sessions each day of two pe- 
riods each, besides the preaching services in the 
evening. The work which consisted of outline 
studies in doctrine, alternated by studies in the 
Acts of the Apostles, proved very interesting to 
both old and young. I am more than ever con- 
vinced that the study of doctrine is too much neg- 
lected in Bible study. I trust many of our minis- 
ters and Sunday school workers will avail them- 
selves of the opportunities offered in the Bible 
Normals to be held in our schools this winter. 

J. G. Rover. 

Mt. Morris, III., Dec. 21. 



church ( 



From Fredericksburg, Iowa. 

:ced meetings in the Spring Creek 
le evening of Dec. 5. This congrega- 
tion was presided over by Eld. Marcus Fowler, up 
to the time of his death, several years ago, 
Bro. Harvey Eikenberry, of G: 
charge of the church. Brethren Harvey Gill 
Frank Wolf 
both active ; 



the 



the local 



linisters. They 



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efficient District evangelist of 
finesota, and the Dakotas, also 



are endeavoring to continue 
their Sunday school through the winter. We are 
glad to note that the young members take an ac- 
tive part in church work and are exemplary in 
their lives. To rightly mold and encourage the 
young in the church, is one of the greatest prob- 
lems of church government. If the Lord will, I 
will close my labors here Dec. 23, then return home 
to spend the Holidays. The interest, so far, has 
been good, though there wen 

Dec. 22, 



D. B. Eb 



Notes x from % our x Correspondents. 



Black River Church, Mich.— Our quarterly coun- 
cil has been postponed to the last Saturday in Jan- 
uary. Bro. Isaiah Rairigh, our elder, is expected 
to be with us at that time. — Cyrus Wallick. 

Osage Church, Kans. — We have completed ar- 
rangements with Bro. S, Z. Sharp, of McPherson, 
Kans., to hold a Bible Normal Jan. 13 to 17, 1897. 
All that can attend are invited. Very moderate 
charges for board and lodging will be made for 
those from a distance.—/. B. Wolfe, Monmouth, 
Kans., Dec. 20. 

Kountz, Va. — Brethren Joseph Foster and Sam- 
uel Spitler, of Luray, Va,, came to us Dec. t2, and 
gave us a few soul-cheering sermons in our new 
church, known as the Newport church. As a re- 
sult, two dear souls were made willing to be buried 
with Christ by baptism. Others are almost per- 
suaded.— G. W. Painter, Dec. ly. 

Seafield, Ind.— Our new house of worship in the 
Palestine church will be dedicated the first Sunday 
of January. Bro. L. T. Holsinger will conduct the 
dedication services. This is the first house built 
by our Brethren in this part of the country, Bro. 
W. S. Toney, of Walton, Ind., will hold a series of 
meetings for us in the near future. — M. L. Halm, 
Dec. 20. 

North Manchester Church, Ind. — Bro. David 
Hollinger, one of our home ministers, just closed a 
two weeks' meeting at the Brick church, two miles 
west of town. His sermons were practical and 
quite interesting. Members were greatly encour- 
aged to greater usefulness. We believe the pre- 
cious seed sown will produce its fruits in due time. 
— D. C. Cripe. 



Union Center Congregation, Ind. — We have 
this evening closed a series of meetings of four 
weeks' duration. Sixty-one were received by bap- 
tism. Bro. Peter Stuckman did the preaching.— .F. 
Anglcmyer, Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 20. 

Downsville, Md.— We have closed another se- 
ries of meetings at the Potomac meetinghouse. 
Bro. Samuel Utz, of New Market, did the preach- 
ing. As an immediate result, three were bap- 
tized, — all young people. One of them is from a 
very strict Catholic family. We trust the seed 
sown may, in the near future, produce fruit! — Mc- 
Clellan Long, Dec. 21, 

Pleasant Valley Church, Ohio. — This church 
met in quarterly council Dec. 12. The business 
before the meeting, was satisfactorily adjusted. 
Bro. Harvey Mote was advanced to the second de- 
gree of the ministry. Eld. W. K. Simmons and 
brethren Henry Garber and Henry Baker were 
present and continued the meetings over Sunday. — 
D. E. Clark, Cosmos, Ohio. 

White Oak Church, Ohio.— Bro. Joseph Longa- 
necker came to us Nov. 19, and began a series of 
meetings which continued until Dec, 6, in which he 
delivered twenty-one sermons in all. Bro. Longa- 
necker preached the Word with power. As the 
result of his labor, five dear ones were received by 
baptism, and others are almost persuaded to be 
Christians. — B. S. Land ess, Dec. 19. 

Prairie View Church, Mo.— On account of the 
day being so very rainy and stormy, we did not 
get to assemble for worship on Thanksgiving Day. 
But since that we have made a contribution of 
S5.16 for World-wide Missions. We had an in- 
structive sermon on Sunday, from the words, 
"Forget not the assembling of yourselves." — Ber- 
tha Kring, St. Martins, Mo., Dec. 2J. 

Franklin Grove, 111. — Bro. Solomon Bucklew 
began a series of meetings last evening, which will, 
the Lord willing, be continued for several weeks. 
We are looking for a spiritual refreshing in the 
church, and hope and pray that many souls, who 
are out of Christ, may see the error of their ways 
and turn to him. One has been added to the fold 
since our last report. — D. B. Senger, Dec. 2t. 

Belleville Church, Kans.— Our series of meet- 
ings closed at this place last evening with a large at- 
tendance. Bro. Brown preached nineteen sermons. 
We were richly fed with spiritual food. While there 
were no additions to the church, yet we think that 
there was some good seed sown. All those who 
attended these meetings regularly were much built 
up in our most holy faith. — Louisa J. Williams, 
Dec. 21. 

Union Bridge, Md.— We have just closed a very 
pleasant and profitable series of meetings at this 
place. Eld. D. Victor Long came to us Dec. 5, 
and closed Dec. 17, delivering eighteen practical 
Gospel sermons to attentive congregations. The 
interest was good; three were baptized and the 
members strengthened. Many are counting the 
cost. May they soon decide! I go to Lansdale, 
Pa., to-day. — E. W. Stoner, Dec, 19. 

St. Joseph Valley Church, Ind. — We met in 
council last Saturday, brethren I. L. Berkey, G. D. 
Zollers and H. Kreighbaum being with us. We 
met to elect two deacons, but the choice fell on 

three, brethren F. Bottorff, C. Peterson and 

Essie, who, with their wives, were duly installed. 
Bro. Jerry Bottorff was advanced to the second 
degree of the ministry. We decided to commence 
ries of meetings Jan. 2. — Cannon Smith, South 
Bend, Ind., Dec. 22. 

Pine Creek, Ind.— The brethren and sisters of 
the Pine Creek church are having a series of meet- 
ngs at the Blissville church, with good attendance 
md the best of order. It is one of the most spir- 
ited meetings 1 have ever attended. The home 

nisters,— brethren J. Hildebrand and Ed. Ruff 

: doing the preaching. One brother has been 
restored to fellowship. May the Spirit move many 
more to return home to God!—/. G. Wagenman, 
Tymr, Ind., Dec. 2/. 



January 2, 18 



TITZE GOSPEL MESSENQEH. 



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Fruitdale, Ala-— The Fruitdale church was made 
to rejoice, recently, when, standing upon the bank: 
of a stream, its members witnessed the second birth 
of a dear young sister. This church was organized 
in April, 1896, and now numbers nearly forty m 
bers.— N. K. Baker. Dec. 22. 

Correction. — The members of the Northeastern 
District of Ohio will please* make the following 
correction in the Minutes of the last District Meet- 
ing. Instead of N. Longanecker, Moderator, in 
the signatures, read Kid. E. Loomis, Moderator 
and Eld. N. Longanecker, Assistant Moderator. — 
Jacob Mishler, Clerk, Mogadon, Ohio. 

Burnettsville, Ind. — On Saturday evening, Dec. 
5, Bro. M. J. McClure, of Cerrogordo, 111., began a 
series of meetings here in town, continuing till the 
13th. The interest was good from the beginning. 
All were sorry when the meetings closed, but other 
engagements called Bro. McClure away, Two 
were baptized.— D. A. Merlz, Dec. 18. 

Omega, Okla. T. — The Pleasant Home church 
at one time had fourteen members, but has now 
dwindled down to five, — three brethren and two 
sisters. We have no one to preach for us but the 
Messenger. This goes the rounds, even to out- 
siders. Some of the papers are almost worn out 
till they get home, so you see that the paper is be- 
ing read. I wish some of the ministering brethren 
would stop to preach for us when they are passing 
by. — Samuel Lawver. 

Deep Water Church, Mo. — We just closed a 
three weeks' series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 
George Lentz, from Adrian, Mo. We had three 
accessions, all young in years. Our attendance 
was good. The church was too small to accommo- 
date the crowd. We hope all were strengthened to 
work more zealously for the saving of souls and 
the upbuilding of this church. Bro. Lentz preached 
twenty-nine sermons in all. — Lizzie Fahnestock, 
Montrose, Mo., Dec. 24. 

Little Swatara Church, Pa. — We have just 
closed an interesting series of meetings, conducted 
by Bro. Levi S. Mohler, of York County, Pa. He 
came to us Dec. 5, and labored till the 15th. Bro. 
Mohler held forth the Truth with much earnest- 
ness and zeal, preaching, in all, thirteen soul-cheer- 
ing sermons. Four dear souls were added to the 
church, with two more applicants for baptism. 
Others were almost persuaded. — H. M. Ftantz, 
Cross Kill Mills, Pa., Dec. 22. 

Walnut Valley Church, Kans.— Bro. Isaac Bru- 
baker, of Mitchell, Kans., began a series of meet- 
ings Nov. 28, 1896, and continued until Dec. 13. 
Then Bro. M. Keller, of Galva, Kans., held meet- 
ings until Dec. 20. Many soul-reviving sermons 
were delivered by the Brethren. The church met 
in quarterly council Dec 12. Considerable business 
came before the meeting, but was pleasantly dis- 
posed of. We decided to have social meetings each 
Wednesday evening.— Lydia Weimer, Heizer, Kans., 
Dec. 21. 

Decatur, Nebr.— The Golden Springs church met 
in council Dec. 19, with our elder, G. W. Stam- 
baugh, presiding. All business passed off pleas- 
antly. Bro. Geo. Blue was restored to the minis- 
try. Bro. Stambaugh preached five excellent ser- 
mons, and the best of interest was manifested. 
Two precious souls were baptized, and more are in- 
terested in their soul's salvation. Bro. Stambaugh 
went home from here. The Brethren here feel 
greatly encouraged in the good work.—/. E. Him- 
ler, Dec. 24. 

Grand Prairie Church, Nebr.— This church met 
on Saturday, Dec. 12, for council, preparatory to 
the Communion. All matters were disposed of in 
a spirit of love. In the evening seventeen com- 
municants surrounded the Lord's table. Truly, it 
was a feast to the soul. Brethren from Longmont, 
Colo., and Holyoke, labored with us. One dear 
sister decided to walk with us and was baptized. 
One was received by letter. May the Good Spirit 
still strive with mankind!— M. M. Cline, Sidney, 
Nebr., Dec, 22, 



Shade Greek Church, Pa.— On Sunday evening, 
Dec. 13, Bro. C. C. Ellis, of Huntingdon, Pa., 
preached in the Scalp Level meetinghouse and 
continued until Thursday evening, Dec 17. Bro. 
Ellis preached five soul-cheering sermons to large 
and attentive congregations. He is a zealous work- 
er for the cause of Christ, and we pray God's bless- 
ings may rest upon him!— L.J. Lehman, Dec. ig. 

Springfield Church, Ohio. — Elder K. Loomis 
commenced a series of meetings on Saturday, Dec. 
12, and continued until Sunday evening, Dec. 20. 
He delivered fifteen very able and instructive dis- 
courses, very much edifying the members and com- 
munity, and encouraging them on their way Zion- 
ward. He left to-day, to engage in a series of meet- 
ings in the East Nimishillen church, Stark County, 
Ohio.— Jacob Mishler, Mogadore, Ohio, Dec. 21. 

Spring River Church, Mo.— We began another 
series of meetings on the evening of the 15th, and 
continued until the evening of the 20th. Bro. Wm. 
Harvey did the preaching. The order was excel- 
lent, but the congregations small. Bro. N. Butter- 
baugh and I accompanied our elder, C. Holderman, 
to Lawrence County, Dec. 13, but returned home 
the 14th, leaving Bro. Holderman to conduct a 
week's meetings at the Shaffer schoolhouse. We 
have not heard of the results.—/. K. Shively, Avil- 
la, Mo., Dec. 21. 

Greenwood Church, Mo.— Eld. Lemuel Hillery, 
with his wife and little daughter, came to us Nov. 
19. They will leave us to-morrow. During their 
stay with us Bro. Hillery gave us a two weeks' se- 
ries of meetings at the Greenwood church. He al- 
so preached nearly two weeks in Cabool, and de- 
livered a few sermons in Mountain Grove. Bro. 
Hillery is an able defender of Gospel truth. He 
and sister Hillery endeared themselves much to 
us. May the Lord be with them!—/./. Troxel, 
Mountain Grove, Mo., Dec. 21. 

Norristown, Pa. — Bro. W. M. Howe, of Ser- 
geantsville, N. J., came here Nov. 19, and con- 
tinued meetings until the evening of Dec. 6. 
The Sunday school lessons of the present quarter 
were used for the opening services, followed by 
suitable subjects, as the meetings progressed. He 
closed with a sermon on the text, " Go work in my 
vineyard." Three converts were baptized and all 
were admonished to study our Bibles more closely, 
and show by our lives the profession we have 
made.—/ Howard Ellis, Dec. 20. 

Astoria, III. — Dec. 20 closed our meetings at the 
Walnut church, which were conducted by Bro. 
Granville Nevinger. He came to us Dec. 5, preach- 
ing, in all, twenty-three sermons. There were no 
additions, yet we feel that our meetings have been 
profitable ones. We have great reason to believe 
that lasting impressions were made on the minds 
of some. The meetings were well attended and 
good order prevailed throughout. At our meeting 
on Thanksgiving Day, a collection was taken for 
missionary work. — Mattie Davis, Dec. 21. 

California Mission.— Wife and I have now start- 
ed in the mission work of Southern California. 
Our first assignment by the Mission Board was at 
the town of Colton and vicinity, where we have 
been preaching, visiting, and distributing doctrinal 
numbers of the Messenger, and tracts. One has 
confessed Christ and was baptized. Others ex- 
pressed themselves as being almost ready to go 
with us. Our next place of work will be at. Whit- 
tier. Address me at Lordsburg, Cal., in care of 
Samuel Henry.— C. S. Holsinger, Dec. 17. 

Laplace, 111.— The series of meetings, conducted 
by Bro. Henry Frantz, closed Dec. 21. He 
preached twenty-seven sermons. These meetings 
were well attended and the best attention was 
given to the Word preached. Eleven were added 
to the church by baptism and others were almost 
persuaded. Bro. Henry made many warm friends 
during his stay with us, and these meetings will al- 
ways be remembered by us as being among the best 
we ever enjoyed. The Bible school, conducted by 
Bro. Charles Gibson, is now in session, with good 
interest,— E, F, Wolf, Dec. 22. 



Pine Grove, Md. -Our council was held at this 
place Dec. 19, and all business was adjusted in a 
spirit of love and meekness. A doctrinal sermon 
was delivered on the evening of the same day by 
Bro. I. O. Thompson. He also preached for us on 
Sunday morning. Our two elders, brethren Thom- 
as Digman and W. T. Sines walked across the 
mountain to White Oak Springs and filled an ap- 
pointment at 3 P. M— Samuel M. Wilhelm, Pleas- 
ant Hill, Preston Co., W. Va„ Dec. 21. 

Verdigris Church, Kans. — We met in council 
Dec. 5. Bro. W. B. Sell, our elder, was not pres- 
ent, but we had a good meeting. Nothing came 
before the meeting to mar the feelings of any one. 
The church elected sister Edith Quackenbush as 
Clerk. We granted nine letters to members mov- 
ing away, and received three by letter. We are in 
the midst of a glorious series of meetings. Bro. J. 
J. Yoder, of the Monitor church, came to us and 
has been preaching for one week. Two have made 
the good confession. Bro. Yoder has a practical 
way of presenting the Truth, — Henry Showalier, 
Madison, Kans. 

Litchfield, 111.— Last night, Dec. 20, closed our 
series of meetings. We had twenty-one meetings, 
with good interest, and attendance better than I 
had anticipated. We had good houses at each 
service but one. A noted feature of the meeting 
was that, the nearer the meeting approached its 
close, the more meditative and thoughtful the con- 
gregation. Our meeting was all that could rea- 
sonably be expected, under existing circumstances, 
None made the good choice, but we feel that good 
was done, and now we leave all to him who has 
said, " In due season we shall reap if we faint not." 
Our Sunday school is progressing nicely, and our 
prayer meeting continues with interest unabated. — 
B. E. Kesler. 

Bunkerhill, Berkeley Co., W. Va.— Bro. W. M. 
Wine, of Winchester, came to this place,— a mis- 
sion point of the Berkeley church, — and held a se- 
ries of meetings lasting ten days. He preached 
thirteen excellent sermons. We are right among 
Methodists, Presbyterians and Episcopalians, yet 
our meetings were well attended, and interesting 
to all. We have one applicant for baptism, and 
many others are seriously counting the cost. Bro. 
Wine preached both privately and publicly. He 
visited nearly all the families in the place. Bro. 
John Turner lent us his aid during the meetings by 
leading the singing. Other Brethren visited us 
once or twice from the lower end of the County. — 
/. Eniler, Dec. 23. 

Hudson Church, III.— Wife and I came to this 
church Dec. 9. 1 began meetings the same evening 
and continued till the evening of Dec. 20, with 
good interest. While there were no accessions, we 
had a good meeting, and our visit among the mem- 
bers was very much enjoyed. Bro. Thomas D. 
Lyon is the elder and only minister. As he is get- 
ting advanced in years, they feel in need of help. 
Some ministers, looking for a location, would do 
well to correspond with Bro. Thos. D. Lyon, Hud- 
son, III. They will do their part, by way of assist- 
ance, as will be necessary. May God's choicest 
blessings be with the Hudson church! My next 
series of meetings will commence at Mansfield, 111., 
Jan. 10. Praise the Lord for his rich blessings! — 
Michael Flory, Girard, III., Dec. 21. 

Mexico, Ind. — The members of the Mexico 
church met in church council Dec. 3. Considera- 
ble business came before the meeting, all of which 
was disposed of in a pleasant manner. One was 
added to the church by letter. One interesting 
feature of our meeting was the "mutual aid "re- 
port from our Orphans' Home, which showed that 
five little homeless ones had been rescued. Bro. 
Dorsey Hodgden, from the Huntington church, 
held a very interesting series of meetings, of over 
three weeks, at our Courter house with eleven ac- 
cessions. Others were almost persuaded. Bro. L. 
T. Holsinger, of North Manchester, began a series 
of meetings for us Dec. 10. So far the meetings 
have been very interesting and with increased at- 
tendance, — S. T, Fisher, Dec, 16, 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



January 2, 18 



Ohio City, Ohio.— We commenced a 
meeting at the Lichty schoolhouse, 
three miles southeast of Ohio City, on 
the evening of Dec. 13. There is quite 
an interest manifested, and the pros- 
pect for an ingathering of souls is good. 
Some have already expressed them- 
selves as being willing to unite with 
the church.— Jacob Heistand. 

Conway Springs, Kans. — Dec, 13 
Kid. J. L. Thomas, of Prairie City, Iowa, 
closed a very interesting series of meet- 
ings, of one week's duration. About 
the time a good interest was awakened, 
the meetings closed. While there were 
no accessions, the members, as well as 
others, received many good lessons to 
think about for many days. — J, B. 
Thompson, 

New Hope Church, Tenn.— Nov. 23 
Kid. David R, Richards and a friend, 
of Madison County, Ind., came to our 
place from Franklin County, this State, 
where they had been prospecting. On 
account of the inciemency of the weath- 
er, and other causes, he only preached 
four sermons. This makes the fourth 
time Bro. Richards has been here and 
preached for us. — A. W. Oren, Lank- 
ford, Carroll Co., Tenn., Dec. 18. 

Clear Creek Church, Ind.— We held 
our Communion in the city of Hunt- 
ingdon, and had a feast of love, with 
the best of order. Some could not 
commune on account of lack of room. 
We had a full house. Visiting minis- 
ters were brethren I. J. Rosenberger, 
Brallier, Ahner, Shideler, and Holler. 
Bro. Rosenberger officiated. The serv- 
ices were very impressive, and we think 
some good was done.— Jacob Mtshlcr, 
Dec. 18. 

Cedar County Church, Mo. — Our 
church is moving along nicely in the 
good old Gospel way. We had a short 



ducted by the home ministry. Al- 
though we have no accessions to re- 
port, we know we were built up spirit- 
ually, and impressed with the thought 
that there is a work for us all to do. 
We have organized a Bible class, to 
meet every Lord's Day afternoon, and 
study his most holy Word. We have 
a good leader, and we think it can be 
made a grand success, if each one of 
us, as willing workers for Jesus, does 
his part.— C. A. Miller, J erica Springs, 
Mo., Dec. 13. 

Upper Sandusky, Ohio.— Bro. C. L. 
Wilkms, of Harrod, came to the Wy- 
andotte church, Nov. 14, to hold a se- 
ries of meetings, which continued till 
Dec. 2. Bro. Wilkins preached twen- 
ty-six sermons, with power and zeal. 
Saints were built up and sinners were 
made to feel their condition. If some 
one would have made the start, there 
would have been a gathering in of 
souls. Bro. Loose was with us a while 
during our meetings, being called here 
by the sickness of sister Mary Keller, 
who called for the elders, in order that 
she might be anointed. Bro. Joseph 
Robison, of Carey, came over and 
spent Thanksgiving Day and Friday 
with us. We held our council-meeting 
Nov. 27, as our elder, Bro. Loose, was 
with us. Bro. Wilkins preached a mis- 
sionary sermon for us on Thanksgiv- 
ing Day. At our council we adopted 
a plan to raise missionary money, to 
be given to the Lord on the first day 
of each wtzV.—Atverty Buxton, 



Portage Church, Ohio. — Nov. 29 
Bro. Reuben Shroyer, of Pierce, Ohio, 
began laboring at Cloverdale. He la- 
bored hard and earnestly till Dec. 18, 
when he took his leave for home, where 
his labors are needed in the meetings 
now in progress. He did not shun to 
preach the Gospel in its purity and 
simplicity, with power. The opposing 
element, which is very strong here, was 
made to tremble. Three dear souls 
were received by confession and bap- 
tism. Many others are near the king 



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Duraged. May the good work go on! 
-J, B. Kyser, Cloverdale, Ohio, Dec. /o, 
Panora, Iowa.— Kid. H. R. Taylor, 
of Deep River, Iowa, commenced a se- 
of meetings Dec. 7, and continued 
until the i/th, preaching twelve prac- 
il, telling discourses. Damp, cloudy 
weather, bad roads, and the sickness of 
ister Anna Nichols (who is quite sick 
/ith typhoid fever), prevented as full 
,n attendance as we would otherwise 
have had, but, despite the obstacles, 
interest and attendance increased. 
On Sunday he preached two of the 
t impressive and pointed missiona- 
;rmons ever preached in this con- 
gregation. His themes were timely 
id practical, — handled in such a man- 
:r as to have a telling influence on 
his hearers.—/. D. Haughtelin, Dec. 18. 

Bean Settlement, W. Va.— The love 
feast, held in the Bean Settlement con- 
gregation, Nov. 14, was a season long 
to be remembered. After the feast a 
two weeks' series of meetings was held 
at the same place, in which Bro. John 
K. Baker did the principal preaching. 
Bro. Arthur Arnold was also with us 
most of the time and rendered valua- 
e assistance. As an immediate re- 
It five were baptized and three le- 
limed, and the church much revived. 
Brethren Baker and Arnold are both 
thinking of locating in this congrega- 



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ply a long-felt want, as this church h 
not had a resident minister from its or- 
ganization until now. The preaching 
las been done principally by the min- 
stry of our home (Beaver Run) con- 
jugation, and we will be glad to wel- 
:ome these brethren to this field of la- 
)or. Truly " the harvest is plenteous 
but the laborers are few."— D. B, Ar- 
nold, Burlington, W. Va., Dec. 12. 

Hagerstown, Md. — It is with great 
joy that we announce the result of our 

:s of meetings, held at this place. 

ly the great love of God and his 
Spirit has been with us. Since Nov. 28 
J. A. Dove, of Cloverdale, Va., 

been with us, and labored earnest- 
ly for the Master's cause. His first 
sermons were directed to the church, 
instead of the world. They so re- 
newed and strengthened our relation 
to our Maker, that we were well re- 
vived for the work before us. The 
crowds were so great that, night after 
night, many had to be turned away. 
Through the soul-inspiring sermons 
and the prayers of the faithful, twenty- 
four precious souls were enabled to 
stand up for Jesus. Many more are 
impressed, and we now pray that the 
good seed sown may spring up in 
their hearts and bring forth an abun- 
dant harvest. Our meetings closed 
last evening. Bro. Dove gave his last 
appeal from the subject, " Gospel In- 
vitation."—^^ C. Reichard, Dec. /?. 



Waynesville, Mo.— A series of meet- 
ings commenced at our meetinghouse 
Nov. 3, and was conducted by the home 
ministers until the evening of the 13th, 
when brethren Mason and Atkins, of 
Cabool, Texas Co., Mo., came to us. 
On the evening of the 14th we held our 
love feast. We had very pleasant 
weather, most of the time, for our 
meetings, for which we were very 
thankful. Our meetings closed on 
Sunday evening, Nov. 22. While there 
were no accessions to the church, the 
members were strengthened and sin- 
ners warned. — Libbie Stump, Dec. ij. 



-MATRIMONIAL- 



KNECHT— SELL.— At the residence of the 
officiating clergyman, Mr. Robert Adams, in 
Jameson, Mo, Dec. o, 1896, Mr. Franklin E. 
Knecht, of Civil Bend, Daviess Co., Mo., and 
Miss Elvira J. Sell, of Winston, Daviess Co., 
Mo. L. B. Sell. 

SMITH— SCOTT.-At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Dec. 13, 1S96, by Eld. L. M. 
Kob, Mr. Charley Smith and Miss Fannie S. 
Scott, both of Decatur Co., Iowa. 



. . . FALLEN t ASLEEP • ■ • 



JACOBS.— Near Bendersville, Adams Co., 
Pa., Oct. 27, 1896, Daisy Amelia, daughter of 
Wm. Jacobs, aged 18 years and 4 days. Fu- 
neral services in the Friends' meetinghouse in 
Bendersville, conducted by the writer. 

C. L. Pfoutz. 

McMASTER.— Near Gettysburg, Pa., Dec. 
5, 1896, sister Eliza McMaster, aged about 77 
years. Sister Eliza came to the church in early 
life, A few years ago her mind became some- 
paired. Funeral services in the Marsh 
Creek meetinghouse by the writer, from Heb. 

|: 14. C. L. Pfoutz. 

SMITH.— In the bounds of the Salimonie 
church, Huntington Co., Ind., of kidney troub- 
le, Bro. William Smith, aged 77 years, 11 
months and 23 days, Deceased was born in 
Union County, Ind., in 1818; died at his home 
in Lancaster, Ind, after about two weeks' ill- 
ness. He leaves an aged widow and. three 
sons. Funeral Dec. 12, in the Brethren church 
in Lancaster. Discourse by Eld. Lewis W. 
Teeter, assisted by the writer. 0. C. Ellis. 

STOUFFER.— Near Martinsburg, W. Va., 
in the bounds of the Berkeley church, Nov. 27, 
1896, of heart disease, Bro. John B. Stouffer, 
aged nearly 70 years. The funeral sermon was 
preached Dec. 13, by his nephew, D. F. Stouff- 
er, from 2 Sam. 14: 14. John Brindle. 

WOGOMAN.— In the Elkhart congregation, 
near Goshen, Ind, Nov. 22, 1896, friend George 
Wogoman, aged 63 years, 1 month and 22 days. 
His wife (a sister in the church), three sons and 

improved by the writer and Bro. Levi Hoke. 
J. S. Kulp. 
COOPER —In the Eel River church, Kosci- 
usko Co, Ind, near Silver Lake, Nov. 20, 1896, 
Bro. Jacob Cooper, aged 76 years, 1 month and 
2 days. Services by Samuel Leckrone, assist- 
:d by the writer. Theme, " Victory." 



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CRIPE.— Sept. is, 1896, sister Rachel Cripe, 
daughter of Elias and Catharine Riseley, for- 
merly wife of John E. Markley, aged 69 years, 
6 months and 10 days. Deceased was born 
March 25, 1827. Funeral services by Daniel 
Rothenberger and Henry H. Brallier, 

G. G. Grady. 

OGG.— Near Worthington, Minn, Nov. 24, 
1896, Charles Hilary, infant son of Bro. Martin 
Ogg. aged 8 weeks. Lizzie Hilary. 

BOYTS.— In the Middle Creek congrega- 
tion, Somerset Co, Pa, Dec. 11, 1896, Bro. 
Henry Boyts, aged 77 years, 9 months and l 
day. Funeral services by the writer, assisted 
by Valentine Blough. Interment at the Lichty 
church, four miles northeast of Somerset, 

D.H.Walker, 



WARNER.— In the North Manchester con- 
gregation, Ind., Nov. 14, 1896, of diphtheria, 
Nora May, only daughter of Jacob and Eliza 
Warner, aged 14 years, 1 month and 14 days. 
She leaves father, mother and five brothers. 
Funeral services by brethren L. H. Eby and 
A. L. Wright, from Luke 8: 41-56 and 1 Thess. 
4: 9-1S. D. S. T. BUTTERBAUGH. 

EMMERT.— At his home, near Nachusa, 
111, Dec, I2-, 1896, after only a few days' illness, 
from the effects of a paralytic stroke, Bro. Hen- 
ry Emmert, aged 77 years, 10 months and 21 
days. Bro. Emmert was born in Washington 
County, Md, Jan. 22, 1819, and has been a res- 
ident of Lee County, 111, since 1845. He was 
a consistent and worthy member of the church 
for about forty-two years. His companion and 
six children survive him. The funeral serv- 
ices were conducted by Bro. Galen B. Royer, 
assisted by Bro. P. R. Keltner. 

D. B. SenGer. 

BOND.— In the Old People's Home, Mexico, 
Ind, Dec. 11, 1896, Jesse A. Bond, aged 68 
years and 20 days. Deceased was born in 
Wayne County, Ind, Nov. 21, 1828. He was 
the lather of seven children. Two have pre- 
ceded him to the spirit world. Funeral serv- 
ices by Bro. Irvin Fisher, assisted by L. T. 
Holsinger, from Job 14: 14. S. T. Fisher. 

MILLER— In the Eden Valley congrega- 
tion, Stafford Co, Kans, Dec. 10, 1896, Mary 
Magdalene, infant daughter of Bro. T. J. and 
sister Ella Miller. Funeral services conduct- 
ed by Addison Fryfogle. 

Leora Fryfogle. 

SHERFY. — In the bounds of the Knob 
Creek church, Johnson City, Tenn, Oct. 27, 
1 Eld. Samuel S. Sherfy, aged 79 years, 2 
ihs and 11 days. Services by elders John 
lor and William Sherfy. He was anointed 
by the same brethren a few days before his 
death. He had been a member for fifty-five 
5, and never missed a Communion until 
this fall. He had been ailing for eight months 

ith congestion of the lungs and ilrupsy of the 
heart. He bad been married twice, and was 
the father of fourteen children. Mother and 
six children survive. 

Tina Sherfy Humphreys. 

KILHAFER. — At Ephrata, Pa, Dec. 12, 
1896, of internal hemorrhage, sister Amanda 
Kilhafer, aged 30 years and 16 days. A hus- 
band, two sons and a daughter survive her. 
Deceased was a highly esteemed sister by all 
who knew her. Funeral services by E. B. Le- 
fever and Eld. Israel Wenger, from Job 17; it, 
Interment at Mohler's cemetery. 

J. Z.Keller. 

KURTZ— At his residence on North State 
Street, Ephrata, Pa, Dec. 13, 1896, Bro. Israel 
Kurtz, aged 74 years, 9 months and 10 days. 
He had been ailing for the last year, and was 
confined to his bed for several months, suffer- 
ing from a complication of diseases, incident 
to old age. Funeral, Dec. 17, at 9: 30 A. M. 
Services at Mohler's meetinghouse by brethren 
Isaac W. Taylor and Israel Wenger, from Job 
14: 14. The deceased was born in Maryland. 
He then moved with his parents to Cumber- 
land County, Pa. Here he was farming, and 
also married. He leaves two daughters, the 
one married to Mr. Simpson Ott, near Carlisle; 
the other to Mr. Levi Handshaw, near Ship- 
pensburg. Jacob Z. Kellkr. 

EBY.— In the Laforge church, Mo, Dec. 11, 
1896, of cancer, sister Susan, wife of George 
Eby, deceased, aged 63 years, 2 months and 11 
days. Although she had been afflicted with 
cancer for many years, yet her death came 
quite suddenly. Eleven years ago sistsr Eby, 
who then lived in the Waddam's Grove church, 
III., sent the Gosi'el Messenger to her broth- 
er, W. A. Ferrenburg. He read it and called 
for a minister te preach for them, Brethren 
J. R. Gish and S. S. Mohler came and baptized a 
number, and organized a church. It was a 
comparatively small thing to send the paper 
to her brother a year, but only eternity can re- 
veal the immense results therefrom. Services 
by Bro. Daniel Lorah, from Rev. 14: 13. 

Minta A. Eby, 

FERRENBURG.— In the Laforge church, 
Mo, Dec. 9, 1896, of brain fever, sister Sarah, 
wife of W. A. Ferrenburg, aged 37 years, 7 
months and 16 days. She leaves a husband 
and four children. She united with the church 
May 11, i88g, and from that time until her last 
sickness her place in the church was seldom 
vacant. Services by Bro, Ira P. Eby, from 

Rev. 14: 13. Minta A. Eby, 



THE GOSPEL MESSE1TGER. 



'BRUMBAUGH.- At her home, west of 
Plymouth, Inch, Nov. 26, 1896, of typhoid fever, 
Adella J. Brumbaugh, aged 23 years, 7 months 
and =5 days. Funeral services at the house 
Nov. 28, conducted by Bro. J. V. Felthouse. 
Laura Ahi'elman. 

HARSHBERGER.— Near Lewistown, Pa.. 
Oct. 9, of diphtheria, Floris Lee, aged 5 years 
g months and 5 days. Also, Harry Franklin, 
aged 3 years, g months and 20 days. They 
were children of Bro. H. L. and sister ' 
Harshberger, Both took sick Oct. 4 and both 
died Oct. 9. Sarah Si'Anog 



MUNN.—At Grand Detour, Ogle Co., ) 
)ec. q, 1896, John Harvey, son of friend Hei 
ind sister .Susan Munn, aged 34 years, 

iroved by the Brethren. Edmund Forne\ 

SUTTON.— Near Martinshurg, W. Va., 
lie bounds of the Berkeley church, Dec. 
896, sister Mary, wife of Bro. Daniel Sutton 
sne of our deacons), aged about 82 years. 
/eeks to the day she died she was paralyzed 
11 her throat, so that she could not swallow. 
Ihe was a consistent member over eleven 
ears. Funeral services by Eld. David Long, 
rom Isa. 3: 10, 11. John Brindle, 



SIPLING.— At 1 



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and D. H. Bake 



WALTERS.— In the sam< 
896, son of James Walter; 
ame place and by the same 



Ma 



• K. Baker. 



KROFT.— The following five children in one 
amily died of diphtheria, at Brandtville, Cum- 
berland Co., Pa.: Oct. 31, 1896, Lilly Maud, 
aged 3 years, 1 month and Ig days; Nov. 4, 
ence Albert, aged 6 years, 9 months and 8 
days; Nov. 5, Charles Ervin, aged 10 years, 2 
ths and 7 days; Nov. $, Melvin Lee, aged 
ar.s months and 14 days; Nov. 18, Elmer 
Ellsworth, aged 8 years, 2 months and 9 days. 
The above were children of J. 0. and Leah 
Kraft, and grandchildren of Eld. Peter Brown, 
of East Berlin, Pa. Funeral services at the 
Baker meetinghouse near Churchtown, Dec. 
13, by Bro. D. H. Baker, assisted by the home 



Ma 



r K. 



LEHMAN.— In the Brother's Valley church 
Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 16, 1896, Susannah 
1, aged 85 years and 5 days. Deceased 
iemberofthe Amish church. Fu 
conducted by elders W. G. Schrock 
Clara G. Rihm 



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Not long since Bishop Keane, late dean of the 

tholic University, Washington, D. C, received a 

11 from the Pope to come to Rome in great haste. 

dean hesitated not one moment, but arranged 

ffairs for the journey. Now, when a minister 

called by Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel to 

people, and does not do it, then whatl Would 

but heed the calls of Jesus, as do the Bishops 

mandates of the Pope, what grand results might 

How! 



A leading exchange speaks of what is regarded 
1 new and hopeful plan of bringing up the pauper 
dren in large cities. The plan was tested in 
ffield, England, the past year. It is an ap- 
ach, as far as possible, to the family mode of 
, which students of pauperism generally con- 
fer the best for children, by placing them in cot- 
' )cally separated from each other and scat- 
'er different parts of the town, limiting the 
in each home, to fifteen, and having them 
■ded by age, from (tie little ones of three, to the 
others and sisters of fourteen. Foster par- 
ts are provided to take charge of each home, and 
hildren are sent to the elementary and Sun- 
y schools of the neighborhood where the oth- 
hddren attend. Already the clergymen and 
lers in the town have said the boys and girls 
n no way inferior to the average of children, 
110 "behavior or mental capacity," while, 
i the taxpayer's standpoint, the experiment has 
«■ less than any preceding method of dealing 
•n the question. Probably this is the real solu- 
nofa very perplexing problem. Has any one 
thought of running an orphanage in the rural 
Itncts on this plan? 



When the new Siberian Railroad is completed 
across Northern Asia, it is thought that one will 
be able to make the circuit of the globe in about 
thirty-three days. This will be a good chance for 
some of those people who refuse to believe that 
the earth is round. If they are willing to spend a 
little money, they can settle the question in a few 
days over a month. The road through Siberia is 
to be 7,500 miles long when completed, which will 
yet require about four years. It will then be, by 
far, the longest road in the world. One can then 
take a steamer at New York, and land in France 
after a few days. A railroad ride of ten days, pos- 
sibly more, will land the traveler at one of the 
ports in China. Several days will be required to 
cross the Pacific Ocean, and land in San Francisco, 
and from there it is an all-rail route to New York. 
With such facilities, Christianity ought to soon 
reach every part of the earth. We are sure that it 
will, in a measure, at least, soon follow up this 
great highway. 



Among the railroad officials is a little book that 
is kept under lock and key. It is known as the 
" Black List." The last edition contains the names 
of one thousand persons who have not properly 
used the passes procured from the railroad compa- 
nies. Among these are a number of ministers who 
have been detected making use of their clergy- 
man's permits in a way not intended. Some have 
even gone so far as to sell their permits. A 
preacher who gets his name on this "Black List," 
stands neither well with the railroads, or the Judge 
of all the earth. Editors come in for the most 
censure. They are not permitted to dispose of 
editorial courtesies or extend them to others, still 
some of them have done so, and now have their 
name on this list. It means that they need not 
any more apply for railroad favors. It is unfortu- 
nate for one to get his name on the "Black List" 
of the railroad companies, but it will be found more 
unfortunate should our names appear on the 
" Black List " kept by the angels above. 



We have repeatedly referred to the Turkish 
question, but it is probably not known to most of 
our readers how England and other nations art 
tied, — hand and foot, — so that one cannot move 
without the consent of the others. It reminds us 
the church being tied to the world at this, that, anc 
the other place. The Outlook sums up the situa 
tion thus: The Great Powers are bound togethei 
by a network of these treaties in a way which ef- 
fects a kind of checkmate on the board for any 
player who is willing to make an aggressive move. 
There is, in the first place, the Triple Alliance be- 
tween Germany, Austria and England; there is the 
Franco-Russian Alliance; there is an Italian-Rus- 
sian Alliance, under the terms of which Italy has 
promised Russia that, in the event of any action 
taken under the provisions of the Triple Alliance, 
she will confine herself to defensive action. It is 
believed, also, that a triple agreement has been 
reached between Austria, Italy and England, bind- 
ing the three Powers to act together in Turkey 
in case the English ministry decide to take ag- 
gressive action in that quarter. Then there is the 
convention between England and Turkey, by the 
terms of which England engages, so long as 
she continues to occupy Cyprus, to defend the 
Sultan's eastern frontier against Russian attack. 
There is also a treaty, made on the eve of the Cri- 
mean War, by the terms of which England, Aus- 
tria and France guarantee the independence and 



No. 2. 



integrity of the Turkish Empire, This treaty had 
been practically forgotten by the public at large, 
but Lord Roseberry recently referred to it as if it 
were still in existence. There is also said to be a 
secret treaty between Russia and Denmark, under 
the terms of which, in case of war between Russia 
and Germany, Denmark will act as the ally of 
Russia. Then there was that secret agreement be- 
tween Germany and Russia, the revelation of 
which has so recently caused such a commotion 
throughout Europe. If any of our readers are in a 
network anything like this, we pity them. The man 
who has an agreement with his church, another with 
his lodge, a third with his worldly business part- 
ners, etc., etc., of course can do nothing. When 
we consider the Eastern situation we are led to 
exclaim, "No wonder the Armenians are left to 
suffer!" Then, when we think how some church 
members are tied up by worldly considerations, it 
is not any wonder that the cause of Christ is also 
left to suffer. 

A writer in the Independent tells the story of a 
dream full of food for thought. The Presiding 
Elder of the M. E. Conference relates how too 
much money broke up his Conference. A wealthy 
layman presented each preacher of that Conference 
with stock valued at Sioo.ooo, which would insure 
an income of $5,000 dollars a year. When the min- 
isters met at Conference they were wonderfully 
elated. It was the happiest set of preachers the 
elder had ever seen. As suon as the meeting was 
opened for business, appropriate resolutions and a 
vote of thanks received due attention. After this 
it was difficult to get the preachers settled down to 
business, They seemed to lack spirituality and 
interest. When the time came for the ministers 
to hand in their reports for the past year, each 
preacher asked for a vacation. One had been over- 
worked for years, and needed rest. Another had 
an invalid wife who needed his special attention. 
Some felt a desire to travel and see a little of this 
great world. One had long had a desire to visit 
the Bible Lands, and this was his opportunity. 
Another one or two thought it mi^ht be good if 
they could spend a few months in a milder climate, 
and a fine old veteran thought it would be for his 
good to attend a Bible school one year. The Pre- 
siding Elder was puzzled. He found himself in 
charge of a large Conference with not one preacher 
to fill the pulpits or go on any of the circuits. 
Money had captured all of his preachers. As we 
read the story, and pondered it, we wondered what 
would be the result, should each of our 2,200 minis- 
ters be assured of an annual income of 55.000? We 
wondered how many would not at once quit the 
mission field! We wondered how many appoint- 
ments would be neglected, how many would hie 
away to more genial climes, or how many would 
find themselves too much otherwise engaged to be 
about their Master's businessl Then we wondered 
whether our mission funds would be increased! 
We wondered so many things that we need not 
state. But is not too much money the ruination of 
preachers? Does not the Lord get more real, ear- 
nest work out of his poor preachers, than out of any 
other class? We do not mean by this that the 
preacher must bear the ministerial cross alone and 
all the church go free, but we do mean, that earnest 
preachers, who are not disturbed by wealth, might 
be the means of doing much good, if the laity would 
only come to the front and help them to bear at 
least the temporal part of the burden. After all, it 
may be a blessing to the cause for preachers not to 
be greatly burdened with wealth. 



rZHTE GOSPEL MESSENGER-. 



January 9, 1897, 



-ESSAYS'} 



THE SILENT LIFE. 



We lead two lives,— the outward seeming fair, 

And full of smiles which on the surface lie, 
The other spent in many a silent prayer. 

With thoughts and feelings hidden from the eye. 
The weary, weary hours of mental pain, 

Unspoken yearnings for the dear ones gone, 
The wishes half defined, yet crushed again. 

Make up the silent life we lead alone. 
And happy visions we may never show, 

Gild all this sdent life with sweet romance; 
That they will fade like sunset's clouds we know, 

Yet life seems sweeter for each stolen glance. 
Tbis silent life— we little reck its power 

To strengthen us for either good or ill, — 
Whether wc train our thoughts like birds to soar, 

Or let them wander whereso'cr they will. 
This silent life not those we love may share, 

Though day by day we strive to draw them close. 
Our secret chamber— none can enter there 

Save that One Eye that never seeks repose. 
And if beneath that Eye we do not quail, 

Though all the world may turn from us aside. 
We own a secret power that shall prevail 

When every motive of our life is tried. 

OLORY TO QOD; QOOD WILL TO MEN. 



To Saint and Sinner, from Pole to Pole, from the Ris- 
ing to the Setting Sun, Personalty to hlder C. L. 
Pfouiz, of Gettysburg, Pa.: — 

Love is the Dynamic of Christianity. God is 
Love. Christ is its expression. The Cross is its 
symbol. Without this, as the essence of our being 
and the sum of life, we are so unlike God as to be 
forever disqualified for His fellowship. 

Love is ever hungry for communion with those of 
" like precious faith." The faith that binds us to 
Christ, also binds all the saints into a blessed unity. 
Nothing cements hearts so closely and sweetly as 
the " love of God shed abroad in the heart by the 
Holy Ghost." 

The afternoon I spent in your home was like a 
foretaste of Heaven. That room full of God's elect 
seemed the antechamber of the House of many 
Mansions. We were "blessed with all spiritual 
blessings in heavenly places in Christ." Eph. 1: 3. 
The memory of it still lies like a drop of Upper- 
Eden honey in my heart. So I feel like sending 
you and your family, and all the saints in your com- 
munity, a warm Christmas greeting. To-day we 
commemorate the glorious, unique nativity of God 
in the flesh. 

In the birth of Christ we have a common interest. 
The love of God gives us a family likeness, and a 
family feeling, and a family hope, which is no less 
than Christ in us, and Christ the endless evolution 
of God. We all cluster around the manger, and 
gaze with wonder and adoration upon the Babe in 
which Jehovah is enshrined. Every sanctified heart 
and lip and life prolongs the angelic anthem, " Glo- 
ky to God in the highest, on earth peace, good 

WILL TOWAKD MEN." Luke 2\ 14. 

This is the faith which we all cherish alike. This 
is the faith of which " Jesus is the Author and Fin- 
isher." Heb. 12: 2. This is the " faith that gives 
us the victory over the world." i John 5: 4. Stand- 
ing in this faith, the gates of hell cannot prevail 
against us. For this faith we are " earnestly to con- 
tend." J-ude 3. God in the flesh; God on the cross; 
God bearing our sins; God rending the veil and 
opening the way into the Holiest; God saving the 
chief of sinners by the sacrifice of Himself; God 
taking us into eternal fellowship with Himself: this 
is our faith, and it can no more fail to take us to 
Heaven than that Jesus is there. Crucified with 
Him, risen with Him, living His life, our salvation 
is as secure as the Triune God can make it. God 
must become a liar, and His throne crumble into 



dust, before a believer in Jesus can perish. To 
lieve, in the Bible sense, is to accept, appropriate, 
embody, exemplify. All other faith is metaphysic- 
al and delusive. Faith saves, because it exj 
mentally owns Jesus Christ as Prophet, Priest and 
KING. He must teach, atone, reign. He has only 
two commandments: I John 3: 23. This is Life 
Eternal; all beside is its expression. Faith incar- 
nates God, and this on'y makes us Christians. 
Union Deposit, Pa. 



A QOOD PREACHER. 



BY ENOCH 



inrLiailc t'm 



"The dumb ass speaking with a m; 
madness of the prophet,"— 2 Pet. 2: 15. 

A good preacher is one whom God has sent, and 
he whom God has sent speaks the words of God. 
John 3: 34. This even Balaam's ass did. It would 
be a blessing to Christianity if this much could be 
said of all preachers. The ass had no will or senti- 
ment of his own, hence God could speak through 
him,— could use him as the clay in the potter's 
hand. So should all preachers be: God the preach- 
er, man the instrument. Man-made theory should 
be left out. 

But all good men are liable to make mistakes, 
and God records them, as well as their good deeds. 
He sends his angels to minister to them, and help 
to correct their errors. Heb. 1: 14. Balaam's 
principles were all right. If a houseful of gold 
had been given to him, he would say nothing, more 
or less, than what the Lord said. Num. 22: 18. 
See also Rev. 22: 18, 19. 

The first time the Lord said, " Don't go; for this 
people are blessed," but when Balak sent more 
honorable messengers, and tried to bribe Balaam 
with very great honor, and whatever he would ask, 
he was tempted and made a mistake. He held the 
messengers another night, so that he might ask the 
Lord again. This time the Lord said, " Go," but 
he did not take b«k what he told him the first 
time. He simply granted his request. He gave 
him what he wanted, and encouraged him further, 
by saying, " Go." 

That is God's way. If we do not have a love for 
the truth, God will send us strong delusions that 
finally we believe a lie. 2 Thess 2: n. He did so 
to Ahab. I Kings 22: 22 and 2 Chron. 18: 21. Be 
deceived, dear reader; " God is not mocked." 
Gal. 6: 7. 

I knew a zealous professor of religion who 

lened the Bible at John 13, and knelt and prayed 
God to reveal it to him whether he must wash 

e saints' feet. The answer was, " No,"— so he 

aims, and he was satisfied. That is mocking 
God, and I do not wonder he got a delusive an- 
\ Balaam displeased the Lord in going, but 
he proved true when he did go. He would not 
e Israel, though Balak tried him three times, 
just to curse part, if not all. 

second mistake is recorded of Balaam, for get- 
angry at the ass, and threatening to kill it. 
Then the ass began to preach, and reasoned with 
the prophet till he, the prophet, felt ashamed, and 
repented of his mistakes, and wanted to return. 
Then the angel told him to go on, but to be sure to 
obey the Word of the Lord. This he finally did. 

If the great men of this age were as willing to 
correct their mistakes, and revere God's Word, it 
would prove a great blessing to church and State. 

We learn another important lesson from this cir- 
cumstance, — that God does not always use such in- 
strumentalities to do his work, and correct the mis- 
takes of men, as we might reasonably suppose. It, 
doubtless, was very humiliating to the prophet to be 
corrected by the ass, before he had seen the angel, 
(hence his wrath), but as soon as he discovered 
that the ass's speech was the work of God, through 
his angel, and that the ass was simply the instru- 
ment, he repented. 

Good men will always profit by the rebuke when 
they see their mistake, no matter what the instru- 
mentality may have been. God's way and man's 
way are quite different. We do not see alike, gen- 



erally. Old Israel never thought of Divid as 
king; they had their eye on Saul, but God looks 
the heart. They would not send for David to figl 
Goliath,— they would have scorned the idea. Tl 
Savior was rejected because of his humility, 
took miracles to prove to the people that u: 
ted fishermen are better qualified for apostl 
Jerusalem graduates, — the scribes and Phari: 

The Word of the Lord has convincin 
victing power. No matter how humbl 
the instrumentality employed may be, 
Spirit of God speaks through the mai 
that essential help (though a graduate) he wou 
only be a sounding brass or tinkling cymbal. 

" Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God 
has just the same truth in it whether uttered by 
school boy or the angel Gabriel, a 
found so in the day of judgment. 

Dear reader, may I ask you whei 
Are you following the footsteps of Jesu 
why not, since he has done so much for 
is uncertain and souls are very prec 
makes the thought of judgment very sol 

Booth, Kans. 

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BY 



STOVER. 



In Nine Parts.— Part Two.— The Atonement. 

" It is expedient for you that I go away." — John 16: 7. 

Is some one almost inclined to doubt that 
condition could be better for the Lord's pec 
than that he should be present with them in th 
body? Yet it must be true. He who cano, 
has said, " It is expedient for you that I go away.' 

Christ opening the eyes of the blind, Christ op 
ening the mouths of the dumb, Christ opening th 
ears of the deaf, Christ healing the maimed, Chris 
cleansing the lepers, Christ confounding the do 
tors, Christ raising the dead, to have him in thi 

ner with us in the flesh, going about do 
good among men, what could be more desirable 
than this? What could be more expedient? Ye 
e who knows, says, " It is expedient for yoi 
go away." 

Since it is thus, for the Lord says, " It is 
have the happy privilege of casting about a 
the deep things of God, if, perchance, we 

1 and appreciate this divine arrangement 
things. Since it is a divine arrangement, it 
have been God's best plan, ages past, in the 
)f God, for poor man's own benefit. 

Perhaps the most apparent of the benefits a 
ng from Christ's departure from the earth, is in hi 
death. "Without shedding of blood is no r 

." (Heb. 9: 22.) I remember when a boy tha 
ndered why there were no offerings on altar 
. I thought some of going out on a hill a 
making little offerings for myself unto God. 
had learned the Old Testament stories, but ha< 
not yet appreciated that " the blood of Jesus Chi 
his Son, cleanseth us from all sin." ( 1 John 1 : 

had not yet appreciated that " even Christ, 
passover, is slain for us." (1 Cor. 5:7.) 

Had not Christ gone away, the holy relatiot 
which the old prophets of God had, with the Spiri 
of God, would have been justly doubted. Wha 
Id have become of the world's light, if it ha< 
turned out to be darkness? What would havi 
1 the result, if the central point of all prophecj 
had failed to recognize his place? It is expedien 
that he should go that the Scripture might be ful 
filled. 

Had not Christ gone away, where would be th< 

orious " church of God, which he hath purchase! 

th his own blood" (Acts 20: 23)? If his chos 

1 people had been " redeemed with corruptibl< 
things, as silver and gold, from their vain conversa 
tion, received by tradition from their fathers " ( 
Pet. 1: 18), how like the heathen they would be 
But now, the expediency of Christ's going away i 
manifest, for our redemption is like no other. It i 
complete, it is perfect, it is " by the precious blood t, 
Christ," (1 Pet, 1; ig.) 



January g, 1897. 



TIH^EJ GOSPEL 3^ESSE3STC3-EE,. 



Sin 1 



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in not pay the d 
nly is holy. "If 
sinned, we make him a 1 
any one thinks that he c; 
cepting Christ by faith, : 
without accepting his Word 



death. (Rom. 6: 23.) 
le penalty in this life. 

say that we have not 
" (1 John 1: 10) If 
get along, without ac- 
tus sacrifice for sin, or 
ne rule of faith 



and pract 
the right 
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consistent, at least, with 
5 of three thousand years ago, and 
: sacrifice for his sins unto God. Let 
him know, also, that it will not amount to anything, 
for Christ has fulfilled the law. Without Christ, we 
are without anything. Christ is our righteousness. 
(2 Cor. 5:21). If Christ had not gone away, our 
righteousness were but filthy rags. 

But with Christ absent in the flesh, having paid 
the price of our own sin, having tasted death for us, 
having become the first-fruits of them that slept, 
having ascended unto heaven, his chosen people 
are the most energetic, the most loving, the most 
hopeful, the most liberal, the most self-sacrificing, 
the most cheerful, the most happy in the world. 
If they are not, they ought to be, — because they are 
redeemed by his life-blood. 

Bulsar, bid. 

FROM THE PACIFIC COAST. 



After telling the reader that we are well and 
have had a pleasant trip thus far, we go back in our 
thoughts to the preparation for the journey. 

Although we had thought for some months of 
going, yet, when the time drew nigh for starting, 
we found much more to do than we had anticipated 
at first, and every day since on the way, the incom- 
pleteness of our preparations becomes more and 
more apparent. Just so in the journey of life,— in 
our journey from this to the world of spirits. 
Great care should be exercised by the young and 
by those in charge of their training, to prepare well 
for the active duties of life. Even when this is 
done many imperfections will appear as the reali- 
ties of life are fully met. The thought will often 
come, "Oh! that I had made better use of time 
and opportunities for education, and the develop- 
ment of true Christian character in the days of my 
youth!" This neglect may, in part, be repaired, 
but never fully, and should the hour for departure 
to the spirit world come without preparation, then 
all is lost beyond recovery. 

Since leaving home we think of many little 
things that should have been done. Some little ef- 
fects were left at home that would add to our com- 
fort, while we brought with us some things that 
have been a constant encumbrance. Thus it is at 
the close of life. Unless Christ is our life and 
righteousness both in our preparation and journey, 
we, too, shall find ourselves wanting and encum- 
bered with many things. 

The sadness of leaving home and friends was 
greatly lessened by the thought of enlarging our 
powers for good, and that we were to have the 
company and help of our faithful wife. It adds 
much to the enjoyment of life to be governed by 
pure motives and accompanied by those in whom 
we can safely confide. Let us try to take all our 
friends with us on the heavenly journey, and seek 
readiness for the summons of death in Jesus, our 
only help. 

The hour of 6: 50 A. M., Nov. 24, was the hour 
set for departure, and with a few hasty good-byes 
we were aboard the train, rushing on toward Chica- 
go, with mingled thoughts of home and the land 
beyond the Rockies. 

At Chicago we soon completed arrangements for 
the trip over the C. B. & Q. R. R., via Kansas City, 
Denver, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco, to San 
Diego. The day was warm and bright and did not 
indicate, in the least, a necessity to go elsewhere 
for mild winter. We knew, however, that winter 
was coming, and we must meet it or be off. We 
all know that the storms and trials of life will 
come, whether we are in the vale or on the moun- 
tain top, so it is wisdom to take Jesus with us and 



then, in their wildest r agings, we may hear his 
voice saying, "Peace, be still." 

While in Chicago we thought of the few strug- 
gling mission workers in the great bee-hive of hu- 
man beings, that seem intent on nothing but money 
and pleasure. I would like to have met the faith- 
ful ones in their mission, but could only pray for 
their victory in seeking to plant the true Gospel in 
the coming metropolis of America. 

At 5: 30 we were on the way to Kansas City, 
reaching it at 9: 30 A. M., next day. After two 
hours' search for sister Parker's brother, we found 
ourselves comfortably seated in his home, at 273 
North Seventh Street. Meeting friends among so 
many strangers takes away much of the strangeness 
one feels when entering a great city. I thought of 
the heavenly city, where no strangeness will be 
felt, but where we shall know and rejoice, to meet 
not only our loved ones, but also those whom we 
have never known in the flesh. 

Thanksgiving Day, for the most part, was full of 
warmth and sunshine. At 1 1 A. M„ the church 
bells rang out the call for praise, and we were 
found among the worshipers in the Central Chris- 
tian church, on the Kansas side. It was a union 
service and quite a number of ministers and a good 
audience were present. We took the lower seat, 
but the pastor's question, " Are you not a minister? " 
made me feel my responsibility and the importance 
of letting the Gospel light shine wherever we go. 
We accepted a pressing invitation to a higher seat 
and an humble part in the service, and while we lis- 
tened to an able sermon by Dr. Stevens, Chancellor 
of the New University, we thought of our congre- 
gation at home, assembled for worship. We were 
also impressed with the value of Christian friend- 
ship and the importance of manifesting it to all 
that meet with us for worship. The speaker em- 
phasized the value of Christianity as an element of 
success in the individual, the home and the nation, 
and, as we pass in review our own beloved land, 
with its innumerable blessings, we exclaim with 
David, "Oh! that men would praise the Lord for 
his goodness, and his wonderful works to the chil- 
dren of men." In the evening we attended a 
unique gathering in the colored church. Two 
things kept us from feeling at home: (1) We were 
the only Caucasians present. (I do not say white, 
for negroes in Kansas City are all colors, — some so 
white that the peculiar features only would tell 
their lineage). (2) The service was more of a 
bazaar and entertainment to raise money to lift an 
eight-thousand dollar debt than a fitting service for 
the house of God. We thought of the " money- 
changers " and of need, hereafter, of knowing more 
about the character of a service before attending. 
From the pastor and a learned doctor among them 
we learned that there are about 35,000 negroes in 
the city. They have their own schools. They 
live under equal advantages and make equal prog- 
ress as the whites. We were told that the law of 
Kansas does not forbid intermarriage with the 
whites, and a good many use the liberty which the 
law grants. They are mostly Methodists and Bap- 
tists in religion and Republican in politics. 

Kansas is under Prohibition law, while Missouri 
is not, but owing to Kansas City being in both 
States, there can be seen but little or no difference 
in the effects of the rum power in the two parts of 
the city. " Evil communications corrupt good 
manners " and good parents find it hard work to 
raise good children by the side of bad neighbors. 
We are told Kansas is much better in the interior, 
— teaching us that we are all safer when far from 
the line of evil and that the liquor traffic should be 
universally abolished. 

Kansas City is noted for sudden changes in tem- 
perature. Yesterday we saw persons out without 
coat, and to-day, Nov. 27, mercury is below zero, 
and we have a most disagreeable wind. 



Saturday morning, Nov. 28, we turned our 
toward Denver, Colo,, feeling that our short 
with friends was for mutual good. More anon 

Dos Pahs Colony, Col, 






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THE FALSE ARMENIAN (?) BISHOP. 



I noticed, some time ago, in the Messenger, 
that you warned members against giving money to 
strangers, especially for the Armenian sufferers, 
and recently another article was published relating 
to the same subject. 

I suppose you referred to a man representing 
himself to be an Armenian Bishop, traveling among 
the Brethren and collecting funds for the Armeni- 
an sufferers. This man (Bishop Kouraki 
of Sert, Asia Minor), came to us last sprir 
recommendations from several elders in 
points of the Brotherhood, where he had preached. 
He also stated the amount of collections they had 
given him. He asked permission to preach for us, 
and solicit funds. We granted his request, as we 
supposed him, with the explanations he gave, to be 
all right. He preached two sermons for us and 
collected §9,20. He was well educated, could 
write and talk several languages, and his remarks 
were very interesting to us. He gave us much in- 
formation about the countries of the East. He was 
well versed in the Bible and the teachings of 
Christ, and told us many interesting things regard- 
ing the early church, the work of the apostles, and 
of the Armenian and Greek churches. He seemed 
well versed in everything, and we were glad of 
meeting him, for we thought we learned much 
from him during the three days he was with us. 
He told us, on leaving, that he would visit a few 
churches yet, and go, by the way of Mt. Morris to 
San Francisco, and in four weeks sail for home, 
He promised to write us when he landed, and we 
have been looking for a letter from him, 

Last Sunday my fellow minister paid a visit to 
some friends living some distance east of us, and, 
on his arrival there, learned that an Armenian 
Bishop was to preach in that vicinity. He went 
to hear him and found him to be our old friend, 
whom we supposed to be in Armenia, feeding the 
hungry with the provisions purchased with our 
money. He had changed his dress, his beard and 
name, but his voice was at once recognized by the 
brother. After the meeting our brother went up 
and spoke to him. He was also recognized by the 
Armenian (?), who, when questioned, could not 
help himself, but left immediately. He went away 
from that vicinity with an appointment unfilled. 
The next morning a Methodist minister, whose pul- 
pit he had filled and congregation duped, started 
after him to arrest him, but could not find him. 

We learned that, after visiting many Brethren 
churches in the East, he turned Lutheran and was 
preaching for them, when he so suddenly turned up 
among us the second time, not knowing that he 
was so near his first field of work. When he was 
with us he told us the Armenian church was just 
like the Brethren church in its practices, and he 
seemed glad to find a people in this country who 
worshiped as they did. He would not go among 
the "sprinkling people." He called them false 
teachers and hypocrites, but in his last trip he was 
preaching among the Lutheran people, and telling 
them that the Armenians are all Lutherans. So 
he has proved to be an impostor, and as such you 
may publish him to the Brotherhood. 

Everett, Pa. 

We are not in favor of devoting much space to 
exposing impostors, for there are too many of 
them. We give the above to impress on the 
minds of our readers what we have before said, 
that they should not trust strangers with money. 
They may be fed, clothed or lodged, but if they 
want money let them work for it. We were just a 
little astonished the way some of our people per- 
mitted themselves to be deceived by this man. 
We hope the lesson will last for the next fifty 
years. Whenever you have money to send to suf- 
ferers, like the Armenians, write us, and we can 
refer you to reliable parties, as we have been do- 
ing heretofore, — Ep, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-. 



January g, 1897. 



FAITH AND WORKS. 



Justification by faith is virtually a Bible doc- 
trine, and is generally accepted as such by the 
Christian world, hence Satan, with a little perver- 
sion, uses this Bible truth to draw the truth-seeker 
away from the path of light and life. 

As I hear the oft-repeated phrase, "justification 
by faith." 1 ask, " Now by faith?" Generally I get 
the answer, " Faith in Christ's atonement, and prom- 
ise of salvation unto all them that will believe." 
But what about Christ's humble example and pre- 
cepts? A noted divine (so-called) answers, " There 
is no work to do." Surely there is no work that we 
can do to merit salvation,— else might the hypocrite 
be justified. 

Salvation is merited for us by Christ, who is our 
life. Col. 3: 4. Not the "meriting" of salvation, 
but the living of the Christ-life, through faith, is 
our business. Hence we must apprehend and re- 
ceive the Christ-life through faith— faith unto justi- 
fication. Right here is the diverging point. Here 
Satan places his bait. There is no work to do. 
Our works are optional. Works can hold no claim 
upon a justifying faiih. Works are only for an eth- 
ical and moral purpose, and are no part of Christ's 
righteousness. The sou's that are thus drawn away 
from the truth, God only can number. 

A lady at a religious revival was warmly entreat- 
ed to only believe and be saved. She asked, " Be- 
lieve what?" That is the pertinent question which 
should thrill every nerve and fiber of our spiritual 
being. No greater question can we ask ourselves 
than this, Believe what? What are we believing? 
Is our faith unto justification? The devils also be- 
lieve and tremble. James 2: iq. Will faith, only, 
in Christ's promises, — his atonement and resurrec- 
tion,— justify? "This is the work of God, that ye 
believe on him whom he hath sent." John 6: 29. 
Will we say to the Father in heaven, " You have 
sent too much; we believe in the promises and good 
works done for us, but please excuse us from those 
he left for us to do"? 

How readest thou? " For we are his workman- 
ship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works." 
F,ph. 2: io. To claim to be justified,— created in 
Christ unto good works, and yet have no faith in 
the works, is a very perplexing and awkward posi- 
tion, indeed. We are creatures of faith,— we act 
from faith. When left to choice, faith is the mov- 
ing cause of our actions. Without faith we can on- 
ly act in the capacity of a slave. With a fervent 
faith comes free will, — heart-tilt and loving service. 
"Without faith it is impossible to please God." 
lleb. u; 6. Faith unto justification and being cre- 
ated in Christ unto good works, makes faith in the 
works an absolute necessity,— not faith in our works, 
but faith in the good works instituted and enjoined 
upon us by Christ. 

Faith in the works prompts us to be careful to 
maintain good works. Without faith in the works 
we will be turning back to the weak and beggarly 
elements of the world, desiring again to be in bond- 
age unto them. Gal. 4:9. Without faith we will 
constantly need the goad of church discipline to 
keep us in the bounds of church decorum. "Let 
your light so shine before men that they may see 
your good works." Matt. 5: 16. 

A justifying faith will never give us a divided 
Christ. The good works left for us to do are a part 
of Christ,— a part of his righteousness, not our 
righteousness,— and in their characteristics they are 
similar to, and a counterpart of, the good works 
wrought for us in our redemption. The good works 
wrought for us are the merit of our salvation. The 
good works enjoined upon us serve to mould and 
assimilate our lives into the Christ-life. Through 
faith in the latter, as well as the former, we stand 
justified in the righteousness of an undivided Christ, 
who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us 
from all iniquity and purify unto himself a peculiar 
people, zealous of good works. Titus 2: 14. Then 
we will be justified, purified, absolutely perfect 
through faith in Christ's righteousness,— not our 



righteousness. We will be a peculiar people, st 
ing after, persevering in, zealous of, but not perfect 
in good works, " For all have sinned and come 
short of the glory of God." Rom. 3: 23. Here we 
comprehend mercy. Though we come short of the 
glory of God, the Christ-life, his righteous mercy, is 
equal to the occasion. Though we stumble and 
fall, with our faith fixed in him, our cries unto him, 
his righteousness extends the hand of mercy to re- 
ceive us. To ignore and exclude from our faith 
that part of his righteousness that speaks to us in 
examples, precepts and ordinances, is virtually di- 
viding Christ. It is antagonistic to the Christ-life. 
It is a dead, barren, unfruitful faith. " Even so 
faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." 
James 2: 17. "And ye have not his word abiding 
in you, for whom he hath sent him ye believe not." 
West Cairo, Ohio. 



REMARKABLE DISCOVERIES IN BABYLON. 

The Scientific American copies from the London 
News the following account of the great success 
which has attended the work of the American ex- 
plorers under the direction of Dr. Peters and Prof. 
Hilprecht in Babylon. It will be read with interest. 
The dates are, however, entirely out of line with 
the commonly-accepted idea of the age of civilized 
man. These remain to be adjusted, and all Bible 
students stand ready to accept such dates as may 
be sustained by proper evidence. We await still 
further proof on that particular phase of the ques- 
tion: 



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have been 
certain to 
dition ha; 



for 



de by two expeditions that 
1 working in Babylonia are 
al interest. A French expe- 
:ime, been at work at Telo. 



and has been remarkably successful. But the 
American expedition lias produced even more re- 
markable results. The firman, authorizing the 
Americans to explore the mound of Nippur, or 
Niffur, was granted eight years ago. It was at 
Nippur where Sir Henry, then Mr. Layard, nearly 
lost his life from the attacks of the Arabs. The 
University of Pennsylvania undertook an expedi- 
tion at its own expense, and the Rev. Dr. Peters, an 
Episcopal clergyman, now in charge of a church in 
New York, was placed at the head of an exploring 
party intended to excavate at Nippur. He was 
ded by Mr. Haines, a young man who had been a 
tutor in Robert College, and who still continues 

nnected with the explorations. At present the 
head of the expedition is Prof. Hilprecht, an 
:rican, who occupies a foremost place in every- 
thing relating to Babylonian archaeology. Upon 
im has devolved the task of classifying and de- 
phering the enormous number of inscriptions 
hich have been found at Nippur. The labor of 
piecing together the thousands of fragments of 
vases and other objects, and of deciphering the in- 
scriptions upon them, has, during the last winter, 
nearly cost him his eyesight. Happily, he is now 
recovering, and is, at present, in Constantinople, 
arranging and classifying the inscriptions and 
objects of priceless value, which, under the con- 
ditions of the firman, become the property of 
the Imperial Museum. 

" Prof Hilprecht informed me that it will be 
years before the Pennsylvania University will be 
able to publish all the inscriptions which have been 
deciphered, but the publication has already begun 
and gives promise of a rich harvest. The first and 
most notable result of the excavations is that the 
history of the Babylonian people, as recorded in 
cuneiform writing on tablets, is carried back at 
least 2,250 years further than it had yet been 
known. In other words, there is now abundant 
written evidence that the Babylonian people exist- 
ed and were civilized enough to be able to write at 
least 7,000 years before Christ. 

"In conversation with the professor, who, in all 
matters of archeology, is cautious, I asked whether 
he could say that the written records did not go 
further back. He replied that, in his judgment, 
they probably went back as far as 8,ooo years B. C, 



but that, in his published records, he was unwilling 
to print anything which could not be amply borne 
out by evidence. To have pushed back written 
history at one stroke by 2,250 years is, however, 
enough to make a reputation. In reply to my in- 
quiry how it happened that his predecessor had not 
found the many objects belonging to this early 
period, he explained that Dr. Peters, to whom he 
attributed great credit for the manner in which he 
had opened out the great mound at Nippur, had 
worked down to a certain floor or platform, which 
he and others had taken to be the ground level of 
the ancient city. One of the party, however, sug- 
gested that this level should be penetrated, and 
d'gg' n g continued until rock or virgin soil was 
reached. This suggestion was adopted, and to the 
delight of all concerned, it was found that what had 
been taken for the level of the ancient city, was 
only the level of a comparatively modern city, built 



rthe 



:of : 



olde 



"The excavations above the level, or platform, 
had gone through thirty-six feet of debris. They 
were now continued to a depth of thirty feet below 
it. The excavations above the platform discovered 
remains which covered a period of 4,000 years of 
Babylonian history. Below the platform to the 
virgin soil was an accumulation of drains, preserved 
and broken pottery, and various other objects of 
interest. Twenty-three feet below the platform 
Mr. Haines came upon the most ancient keystone 
arch known, an arch which Prof. Hilprecht thinks 
cannot be later than 5000 B. C, 

"Last summer Mr. Haines, who has spent the 
last three years in continuous work at Nippur, ex- 
cavated the lower part of the marvelous wall of the 
city. Its foundations were found to be sixteen feet 
below the level of the desert; the wall itself was 
seventeen feet high and forty-five feet wide. Upon 
the top of this wall was another of unknown height, 
se walls were built of bricks twenty inches 
ire — probably the largest bricks ever used. 
The most valuable finds, however, were the inscrip- 
s upon broken vases, bricks, tablets and other 
objects, and from these it is confidently predicted 
by Prof. Hilprecht that a continuous history of 
Babylonism will be able to be written. 

"Among the recent finds of the French expedi- 
tion which has been and is still working at Telo, 
are a number of dated cuneiform tablets of Sargon 
I, and of his son, Naram-Sin. These have now 
reached Constantinople, and within the last two 
months have been submitted to the examination of 
M. Hauzy, director of the Museum of the Louvre, 
and of Prof. Hilprecht, who has been retained by 
the Turkish Government to decipher and classify 
the objects found by both expeditions. By this 
important find all questions as to the mythical 
haracter of Sargon are put an end to, and he is 
hown to have been a real person. The contents of 
he so-called Oman tablet are definitely decided to 
be historical and not mythical. One of the new 
tablets speaks of ' the year when Sargon marched 
against Palestine' (Martu). This was 3800 B. C. 

"Even were no other finds to be made, the in- 
scriptions gathered by the two expeditions will add 
largely to the knowledge possessed of the history 
and civilization of Babylonia. The truth is, how- 
ever, that there is every reason to suppose that 
there exists an untold store of archaeological riches 
buried along the shores of the Euphrates and 
Tigris. Books on the subject, which were up to 
date three years ago, already require revision, and 
there is reason to believe that the efforts which the 
Americans and the French are making in a field 
first opened by Layard will be amply rewarded." 



THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH. 



"The mission of the church is soul-saving, not creed-mak- 
ing." — C. H. Balsbaugh. 

To gain numbers is the desire of people in any 
organization, and it should be the desire of every 
Christian, to see the many, who are in the cold, 



January 9, 1897. 



riEis gospel :m::ess:e]:ltg-:e:r,. 



dark world, come to Christ, but I fear there is 
more creed-making, sometimes, than real Christ- 
teaching. 

We want numbers; and we should use every legal 
effort to get them, but strength does not lie in 
numbers as much as it does in those who have their 
hearts and heads full of what they have received 
from the Heavenly Teacher, if there be onlythe 
number of " two or three." 

We do not simply want numbers in the church, 
but we want to make every convert a disciple of 
Jesus. 

We should not have a desire for the mere fact of 
having numbers, but also endeavor to have the 
soldiers, already in the ranks, well drilled. 

Soldiers should have a regular daily drill, and 
when we are being drilled, we should be sure that 
Jesus is our Captain, that he leads the battle, and 
that we obey at his command. 

It is the light that we should reflect,— that is one 
of God's means of saving the sinner. 

If every one who makes a Christian profession, 
would show forth the life of Christ in his living, the 
numbers would come in God's own way. We need 
not stand and pull and beg the worldling to come 
to Jesus, but we should always show kindness in 
the likeness of "the good Samaritan," not only 
when a revival is going on, but let our kind words 
and deeds become our second nature. Let the 
light of Christ shine out, and the darkness will van- 
ish away. 

The soldier of the cross, when he puts "on the 
whole armor of God," will never be well qualified 
for battle, unless he gets into the fight. Persons 
who are in the conflict, in good earnest, are always 

I frequently hear church members say, " I have 
nothing to do." We find that those who come to 
this conclusion have not made much effort in the 
fight,— "the good fight " that keeps our bodies in 
subjection, for when we get our own bodies in com- 
plete subjection, we have conquered the world 
Jesus said, " Blessed are the meek, for they shall 
inherit the earth." It is then we are " rooted and 
grounded in love." Eph. 3: 17. It is then we are 
dead to sin, and our lives are " hid with Christ in 
God." Col. 3:3. 

I have seen persons very much pleased with a 
noisy sermon, but, upon being asked for a good 
point that was made, they would be as silent as the 
tomb. 

It seems it is natural for some people to like to 
have their ears tickled with something brilliant. I 
have seen numbers brought to a high stage of ex- 
citement in order that they might make a pro- 
fession, but they only rose with the tide. When 
the tide retreated they lay on the sandy beach 
without life or energy. 

The best sermon, I think, I ever heard was deliv- 
ered so carefully that most of it could have been 
written out by an ordinary penman, but it was so 
full of good things that it seemed to me the breath- 
ings of the Spirit filled the whole house. 

We want more sound teaching, and fewer at- 
tempts at display. We want something that can be 
remembered and that will feed the soul. We want 
less creed-making and more soul-saving. 

When we fish for souls, let us bait our hooks with 
crumbs of Heavenly Bread, and instruct the con- 
verts to draw freely from the fountain of inex- 
haustible life. 

Sangerville, Va, 



A FREE GOSPEL. 



[In a personal letter, a young minister, and the son of a 
minister, writes some things that will make interesting read- 
ing, Concerning the "free Gospel," we quote the following 
from his letter. — Ed.1 

The atonement and the graces of God are free to 
man. He receives them from God and God's min- 
isters, without money and without price. "A free 
Gospel," as used by most writers, means a free 
ministry of this free Gospel. The power and the 
ability to deliver this free Gospel are not given 
freely, but are obtained ont} oy the minister giving 



his valuable time, hard labor, study, and, in too 
many cases, his money to buy books, etc. A min- 
ister may have carried the Gospel to hungry, per- 
ishing souls without any cost to his own church or 
to the ones who were recipients of God's graces 
through his labors, but, in too many instances, it 
was done at a fearful cost to the minister's wife and 
family. 

There is no such a thing as a " free Gospel " in 
the sense it is generally used. Every well-prepared 
sermon that is preached costs somebody something. 
The "sacrifices made" is but another name for 
cost. The great question is, "Who should foot the 
bill— the church or the minister's family?" So 
far, it has been the minister and his family. A 
grand and noble work has been accomplished, but 
we all know that the work needed to be done to- 
day is entirely too great for the minister, unaided, 
and one of the great hindrances in the way of the 
church doing its part is the " free Gospel teaching" 
that is done. 

There are hundreds of thickly-populated Counties 
in these United States in which the pure, simple 
Gospel has never been preached. Why? Our 
ministers have not the time to spare to take the 
"free Gospel" to them. I believe that God has 
blessed his people with the means to send his min- 
isters with the glad tidings to every perishing soul, 
God may give the self-sacrificing minister an extra 
blessing, but I very much doubt if he will receive a 
blessing if he has, in any way, discouraged the 
members from giving the means with which God 
has blessed them, for this very purpose. I fear 
that the wealth in the Brotherhood that should be 
used to the glory of God is used in a way that is 
proving the ruin of their children's souls, — if not 
their own, — through wrong teaching. 

There is a great woik to do. It is the church 1 
work, too. Think for a moment! What right has 
a wealthy church to select two or three of its m 
bers and require of them to bear the whole burden 
and expense of this great work! The minister ha: 
as much right to this world's goods as any lay 
member, and I cannot see by what right the churcli 
asks its ministers to take the time and money that 
rightly belong to his family and to give it to the 
church. There is a great wrong somewhere. I do 
not believe in a salaried ministry,— there is evil 
connected with it, — but I do want to see the church 
aroused to a sense of the responsibility it has in 
this great work. Instead of the "free Gospel" 
idea, let it say to its ministers, " Over there are 
souls perishing; take to them the Bread of Life. 
We will see that your family is provided for." To 
the younger ministers let the church say, "We will 
help you to prepare for the work." The Holy 
Spirit that brings things to our remembrance is 
free, but the knowledge we obtain is gotten at a 
cost. 

A CHEERFUL FACE. 

Next to the sunlight of heaven is the cheerful 
face. There is no mistaking it. The bright eye, 
the unclouded brow, the sunny smile, all tell of that 
which dwells within. Who has not felt its electri- 
fying influence? One glance at this face lifts us 
out of the mists and shadows into the beautiful 
realms of hope. One cheerful face in the house- 
hold will keep everything warm and light within. 
It may be a very plain face, but there is something 
in it we feel, but cannot express, and its cheery 
smile sends the blood dancing through the veins for 
very joy. There is a world of blessed magic in the 
plain, cheerful face, and we would not exchange it 
for all the soulless beauty that ever graced the fair- 
est form on earth. — Ex. 



^THE + SUNDAY + SCHOOLS 



LESSON L1QHT-FLASHES. 
The Multitude Converted — Acts 2: 32-47. 

(Lesson for Jan. 17, 1897.) 

This lesson follows close after the one of last 
Sunday, and is the result of the outpouring of the 
Holy Spirit. From it we learn, first, how little we 



can do of ourselves and how much can be done 
through us by the Holy Spirit. 

This multitude was unsaved, — they needed salva- 
tion, the very thing which Christ came into the 
world to bring about. This was the commission 
given to the disciples, "Go, preach the gospel to 
every creature." Here was an opportunity of do- 
ing that which they had been waiting to do, but 
were not able to do of themselves. These men had 
been fighting against better light and knowledge, 
but they could not see it. It was the influence of 
the Holy Spirit that the disciples needed, that they 
might be able, in boldness, to preach the Gospel. 
It was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that these 
people needed, that their hearts might be opened 
to a reception of the Truth. The Spirit being pres- 
ent, the disciples preached with power and the 
people heard to conviction. Their hearts were 
pricked and pierced so that conviction and con- 
version followed. Their minds and hearts were 
changed. They now turned their feet from the 
paths of sin to the sure testimonies of the Lord. 

People are always facing the things they want to 
do, so that, when these people turned their eyes 
and faces about, they were ready to do the duties 
before them. Therefore the cry was, "Men and 
brethren, what must we do? " The answer was not 
only pointed, but conclusive, " Repent, and be bap- 
tized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ 
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the 
gift of the Holy Ghost." They were now ready to 
receive the seal of sonship, and thus to be made 
heirs of the new kingdom. Many of them, no 
doubt, had already received this seal, having been 
baptized by John's baptism, and needing now only 
a fuller conversion, that they might recognize the 
King of the kingdom into which they had been 
baptized. The others, who had not received John's 
baptism, were baptized at this time and that day 
" were added unto them about three thousand 

This was a great refreshing time from the pres- 
ence of the Lord, and the question is often asked: 
Why not have more of these seasons of conver- 
sions and adding to the church? What is the les- 
son? 

We must have men who feel the importance of 
their mission,— men called of God and waiting for 
the needed power. This power can come only to 
consecrated hearts, whose souls are burning for the 
salvation of souls. Unconcerned and half-hearted 
souls never accomplish much in anything. The men 
who have always moved the world are the men who 
moved themselves,— men who had a purpose and a 
" one thing " determination. This kind of me 
utilize all the forces at their command, and thus 
power is formed that is both active and overcon 
ing. This kind of men and women, in the Master 
work, will gladly open themselves to the power 
that aids in the work of convicting and converting. 

2, Another need is the Holy Spirit. The men 
waited because the time had not yet come for the 
power to be displayed. They were to be made to 
feel the need and how little they could do until 
this need was supplied. We need this help just as 
much and can do as little without it. But this les- 
son was then given once for all, and all that is nec- 
essary for us now, to get it, is to be worthy of it 
and feel the need. It is freely offered to those who 

3. Another need is for us to make use of the op- 
portunities. To these men the time had come be- 
cause the opportunities were there. The multitude 
of the unsaved were present. They went to work, 
with the result as named. For us the acceptable 
time is always here. All around us, everywhere, 
are the unsaved, and the mission to us is, " Go work 
in my vineyard, preach, teach, and call men and 
women to repentance." The feast is prepared and 
ready, and the guests are to be invited and we are 
to do it. Let each one of us feel that the call is to 
us as individuals, and that, unless we do it, many 
will remain uncalled and be left to perish. If we 
could all feel that the salvation of souls depends on 
individual effort, we would have greater awakenings 
and more Pentecostal seasons. h. b. b. 



THE GOSPEL MESSZEnSTG-IEIR,. 



January 9, 1897. 



-►THE ♦ YOUNQ ♦ PEOPLE- 



OUR MISSIONARY READING CIRCLE. 



Course of Reading. 



ready to he 



Friiitdate, Ala. 



. J. M Ndt. Ftultda] 



A SKY FOR WINUS. 

A SKV for wings, and wings for the sky,- 
Sonring songs in the sunny morn, 
Homeward flights in the fragrant even 



CIRCLE NOTES. 



Below we give another list of 

601, Geo. M. Lawver, Wade, Kans ; 602, M. G, 
Sanger, Sangersvillc, Va.; 603, Miss Minnie Evans, 
liij' N. Queen St., Lancaster, Pa.; 604, Jacob S 
Zigter, Biidgewatcr, Va.; 605, Mrs. Susan Harrison, 
Johnstown, Pa.; 606, Mary C. Miller, Johnstown, 
Pa.; 607, Jennie S. Brower, South Knglish, Iowa; 
608, J. H. Flory, South Knglish. Iowa; 609, Birda 
Niningcr, Daleville, Va.; 610, Kdgar D. Nininger, 
Dalevillc, Va.;6tt, Mamie Fellers, Daleville, Va.; 
612, Louis Foss, Lagrange, N. C; 613, J. W. Cline, 
2610 Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.; 614, Miss 
Kittie Hursh, Wabash, Ind., Box 729. 

Three more readers have completed the course, 
namely, Miss M. Alice Mumma, Sharpsburg, Md.; 
Miss Bertha Fahrney, Waynesboro, Pa., and Mrs. 
Mattie Boggs, Fruitdale, Ala. 

We now have 



to make to those who will do a little work for the 
Circle. We have arranged for the purchase of a 
number of copies of the Gospel of Mark, printed in 
Gujerati, the language now spoken by our mission- 
aries in India. One copy of this curious little 
book, which will be highly prized by many, as a 
souvenir and a memento, will be mailed direct 
from India to you upon the following conditions' 
If you are a member of the Circle, secure one new 
member, have Promise Card signed and send it 
together with the fee (20 cents) to our Secretary! 
and you will receive the book. The Circle will pay 
Bro. Stover for these books, and he will mail them 
direct to you. No one, not a Circle reader can in 
any way get one of these books except he first join 
the Circle himself and then secure another mem- 
ber. And no one person is entitled to more than 
one book on these conditions. 

A few articles have been received for this de- 
partment of the Messenger in response to our 
call, and others are promised. We also have a 
number of letters in our possession, extracts from 
which would make interesting reading. We hope 
to find time soon to put the good matter they con- 
tain in shape for our readers. Articles from Bro 
Jas. Z. Gilbert, of Belleville, Kans., and Bro. John 
R. Snyder, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, will probably 



UNSELFISH LOVE REWARDED. 



JAS, 



;the 



foste 



any lessons which might be gath- 
ered from the life of Moffatt, this one of unselfish 
love stands prominent in many instances. 

This noticeable characteristic is found in the in- 
cident recorded on page 69, when he visited the 
Livingstone mission, and found it occupied and 
conducted by a Hanoverian Society. On this oc- 
casion his heart was sad, since the work he had 
d there had been undone, but he wished the 

:w men well, and left one of his most efficient 

Drkers from the Kuruman to aid them. 

Analyze this act: 

1. Rightful honor unclaimed. 

2. He establishment not desired. 

3. True worth recognized. 

4. Another preferred. 

5. Another congratulated. 

6. Another aided. 

7. The unselfish crowned. 

1. Claim not, where found by another, the fading 
flower, though plucked by thine own hand. 

2. Desire not, upon another's foundation, to build 
thy structure, for in due time God will gloriously 
grant thee to build upon his own. 

3. If thy brother doeth well, why not tell him 
so? Why wait to strew the flowers upon the 
graves of the dead? 

4. The recognition of true worth in others places 
the observer in a most favorable position to make 
his own character as true and pure as his ideal, for 
"as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." 

5. " In honor preferring one another." 

6. A few dollars in the hands of God's faithful 
servants are worth more than many in the pocket 
of a selfish man. " Every man according as he 
purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudg- 
ingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful 
giver." 

7. It is difficult for us to labor and to wait when 
the crown for which we strive is seemingly placed 
upon another's brow, yet faithfulness waits and un- 
selfishness crowns others in his efforts. As Haw- 
thorne's boy, who watched the beautiful face of the 
"Old Man of the Mount," until he himself, becom- 
ing aged, was announced by the community around 
as the fulfillment of that prophetic countenance, 
so unselfishness is crowned as the ideal of the age. 

Belleville, Kans. 



SONGS IN THE NIQHT. 



e, — let the person be 
sick or well— there 
f darkest night. It is 
ty, that perfect com- 
nlessness and perfec- 
ts earth-life. It is a 
not endure extended 

Nonsuch Pro- 
that there is 
'here is noth- 



Ovek every human creatur 
young or old, rich or poor, 
hangs, at times, the shadow o 
true, in the nature of humani 
fort, complete happiness, si 
tion are not attainable in tl 
fact that human strength can not ei 
seasons of deepest grief, or sorrow, 
keep a well-balanced mind. The 
fessor" says that nature teaches u 
nothing permanent that is violent, 
ing constant but what is pleasant. 

While this wise and grateful provision is made 
by God, there are also rifts in the darkest clouds 
of night, through which we may catch gleams of 
comfort, of encouragement, of hope, from the Sun 
of Righteousness, if we will but turn to see them. 

When I was a child of eleven years, my sainted 
mother was called to her reward. Friends were 
present when her spirit passed from earth. The 
scene was new and strange and terrible to me. We 
children were put to bed, and kind neighbors gath- 
ered to sit till morning with the dead. Far in the 
night I woke from sleep. I was bewildered. 
Strangers were in other beds in the room. It came 



it my mother was dead. Such a 

Listening, I heard these strain 

er forget, floating up from the r 

Oh, when shall / see Jesus? 

And if you meet with troubles 

And trials on your way. 
Then cast your care on Jesus 

And do: 






pray. 



Oh, do not be discouraged 
For Jesus is your friend. 

It seemed to me as if the angels were singing, and 
singing to me, and the influence of that song and 
its spirit helped and cheered me at that time, and 
it has lightened the burden of my life many times 
since then. 

God is no less wise in little than in great things. 
Those who sang this song were all unconscious 
even of my hearing it. So I believe that God of- 
ten sends his Spirit with the acts we try to perform 
in his name. "So shall my word be that goeth 
forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me 
void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, 
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I send it." 
Isa. 55: 11. In this manner, I believe, we can ac- 
count for many things which seem to be (and are) 
" special providences." 

Many times, in later ye 
sweet, pathetic, heaven-v 
and while at the time my 
their tender pathos, they 
weight of encouragement ; 
me long after the singer has forgotte 

Dear reader, every day there are hearts burdened 
with sorrow, or trial, or disappointment, or afflic- 



s, have come to me these 
ced songs in the night, 
aul is overwhelmed with 



nd che 



helps 



tion, or sin, whose sun o 
Can you not sing them a lit 
look about you and, as j 
mother, whose drunken h 



courage is darkened, 
; song? Will you not 
u see the struggling 
band has turned 



hopeful day into despairing night, the poverty- 
visited families, the discouraged brother or sister, 
offer to all such, not only songs and words of en- 
couragement, but also material gifts and the help- 
fulness of your physical, mental and religious 
strength? Lay hold both of the common oppor- 
tunities which are in reach and snatch those, also, 
which are passing you but once in your life-time. 

We are so apt to " pass by on the other side " 
when those whose station is more lowly than ours 
are suffering for lack of even physical help, while 
the morally-degraded are even less pitied by our 
uncharitable hearts, and those who are without 
God and without hope in the world are too often 
left to remain hungry, and poor, and naked, because 
lack of love to God. " Let this mind be in 
you which was also in Christ Jesus." " He came 
ot to call the righteous, but sinners to repent- 
ance," "to bind the broken-hearted" "to preach 
the Gospel to the poor." 

And now we hear the sweetest song that mortal 
ears have ever heard. "The whole world was lost 
in the darkness of sin," and this song came in that 
night-time; it was listened to with fear and awe by 
the humble shepherds on the hills of Judea, but it 
heralded the birth of the Savior of the world. Oh, 
what joy to those who believed! "Glory to God 
in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward 
men!" Oh what joy to all those who have since 
been made partakers of the Heavenly Gift! 

" It came upon the midnight clear 

That glorious song of old, 
From angels bending near the earth 

To touch their harps of gold; 
' On earth be peace, good-will to men 

From God's all grz 



The earth in soleu 



tillness lay 



To hear the angels sing. 

Oh, ye, beneath life's crushing load, 

Whose forms are bending low. 
Who toil along the climbing way 

With painful steps arid slow; 
Look up! for glad and golden hours 

Come swiftly on the wing, 
Ob, rest beside the weary road 

And hear the angels sing." 
Knoxville, Ark, 



laauary 9, 1897. 
teneral Missionary * Tract Department 



jTTO 1'OJt THE YEAR. — "Upon the first 

,/the week let every one of you layby him in 
as God hath prospered him." — 1 Cor. 10: 2. 



TIBIIE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

Then some people who pray the Lord's Prayer 
loudly and often, and repeat with great solemnity 
that part, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done 
in earth as it is in heaven," have taken hold of that 
false philosophy, wholly untenable both from reason 
and revelation, that the heathen ought to be left 
alone in his darkness, for he stands a better chance 
of salvation in that condition than he will if he 
knows of Christ. They forget the unchangeable 
word of Christ that by no other name under heaven 
shall men be saved except by the name of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. 



No one in the judgment will regret that he was 
n instrument in God's hands, of saving some souls 
or Christ; but he may regret that he neglected to 
many who were within his effort. 



The Secretary of a certain District Mission Board 
-rites that the churches in his District are indiffer- 
it to mission work in their own District, and care 
uch less about what is being done in foreign fields. 

Though the churches have been urged, time and 
, to support even the District work, they do 

tactically nothing. 



h it 



The Secretary of another District Board writ 

of the ministers preach missionary ser- 
ins, either because they do riot want to be un- 
ipular in their congregations, or because they 
:k interest in the great cause, and the contribu- 
>ns will come far short in the carrying out of 
eir limited plans for the year. They will have to 
11 on the General Board for help. 



For the most part Christians who take to such a 
pernicious doctrine concerning the heathen, are 
themselves serving Christ, not because they love 
him, but because they fear eternal condemnation. 
Such a service, is selfish, and easily explains why 
they are not interested in revealing Christ to oth- 
ers. They look upon their hearing of Christ as a 
misfortune in life, and now accept him as the least 
of two evils in this world, with a c( 
that their selfish and slavish ser\ 
them eternal life. Theirs 
servitude and bondage. 



not lo 



•ing of hopt 



life, but 



this 



other illustration of indifferei 
work of the church is seen in the following: Last 
fuly the General Board sent a special letter to 
each District Board, offering free, twenty-five sub- 
icriptions to the Gospel Messenger for their 
ise in their mission fields. All that the District 
Boards needed to do was to send in the list of 
ss. Some responded immediately, others later, 
a number have not sent in their entire list to 



ie above instances are given to show that, 
; there is commendable progress in some di- 
rections, there is still a great lack of push and ear- 
estness, even among those who should be lead- 
rs, — who have been appointed leaders for the 
hurch. While the larger portion of the church is 
oing something in missions, the portion that is 
doing nothing is far too great yet to-day.. To 
cen this indifferent portion who shut their 
and ears to this work, is one of the great 
tions before the several boards. 



that m 
goodn 



for, 



)U5 causes are back of this indifference just 
Possibly a consideration of some of th 
of advantage, for it is hardly conceivable 
n and women,— who see enough of Christ's 
»s, and appreciate his sacrifice sufficiently, 
: them to embrace Christianity, — would sit 
nowingly and voluntarily and let others suf- 
luse they know not Christ. At least one 
sure, that the professor that does not pur- 
1 a course has not the spirit of Christ, no 
low much he may have had it in times be- 



vho 






not taking 

ok upon it as world- 

s anything new and, 

if any good 



and he 



hile 



iere are others 

n missions because they 1 
ly. Their idea of worldliness is 
without stopping to investigate a 
is to come from a movement, it 
on its own merits, but because it 
of the world and worldly. Of all mankind, tho; 
are the most pitiable who are afraid to investigat 
for fear they will find their position wrong, 
a thing to rejoice over with a holy joy that, 
Sunday schools, prayer meetings, and m 
have been branded as worldly, they 
ing the prejudice, and that the Brotherhood is 
ing that all of them, properly conducted, a 
means of building up the Master's cause, at h< 
and abroad. 



Then there are many who would do something 
for the Master's cause, but because they cannot do 
some great thing they will not do an> thing. If 
they could give Sioo or S300 to mission work they 
would gladly give it; but they cannot and so they 
will not give the small amount that is within their 
power. Such, again, have the wrong idea of their 
relation to God and his work. The earth is the 
Lord's and the fullness thereof. He lacks not for 
means to accomplish his purposes if he chooses; 
but he desires that those who receive the good 
Word within their own heart might show their 
appreciation by giving it to others, — not so much 
for the good that it does others, but the good that 
it does the giver. Is it not written that it is more 
blessed to give than to receive? What a vast ar- 

y of professors are missing the choicest of God's 

essings because they are not willing to give,— give 

1 others the Bread of Eternal Life! 



WHAT COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED BY SYSTEM. 



A successful business man employs system to 
meet his obligations. Why not, for the year 1897, 
use system in meeting our obligations to the Lord, 
and the advancement of his cause, on the follow- 
ing plan: 

Estimating that there are 10,000 farmers in the 
Brotherhood, let each donate the net proceeds ef 
one acre, which, at a low estimate, would be S5.00, 
Thus the proceeds of 10,000 acres would amount to 
$50,000. 

Let 5,000 sisters donate the proceeds of one set- 
ting of eggs, and in four months, at S2.00 each, the 
5,000 broods would sell for Sio.ooo. 

Let 5,000 sisters donate the price of Sunday 
eggs; six eggs each Sunday, at 10 cents per dozen, 
would amount to £13,000. 

Let 5,000 members, who work for wages, donate 
25 cents per month, or S3.00 per year and it will 
reach S15 000. 

Supposing 100 members, who have money on in- 
terest, donate the interest at six per cent, on Si.OOO, 
we will have SS.ooo; 200 donate interest on £500, 
we would have S6,ooo; 400 donate interest on S250, 
we would have S6,ooo; 1,000 donate interest on Sioo 
we would have S6.000. 

The enormous sum, thus contributed, would be 
Si 12,000. The estimate is made for less than 
half of the members of our Brotherhood, allowing 
that one-half have no incoi 
The income by States, a; 
Meeting, was only $13 75. 
of last Annual Meeting is 
suit of five missions, the 



On 



mportant cause for indifference 
found in the great lack of km 
the world needing a Savior. They have 
ouch with the fact that the: 
lions who have not heard that there w; 
1 Savior in the world. Information o: 
not come under their notice and 1 
led their special attention to the wi 
mankind away from God. They 
vague ideas of the heathen, and considei 

not worth any effort of Christianity, because 
civilized,— not so much as knowing 



etchedness 

have only 

that they 






that many heathen ; 
highly civilized. 



from a worldly standpoint, 



On the other hand, when it is remembered that 
Christ made the first and greatest missionary jour- 
ney in coming from heaven to earth, that his sac- 
rifice of heavenly bliss and comfort was greater 
than any of his children are called upon to make, 
even if they leave their friends and relatives and go 
to the corners of the earth; that the price of re- 
demption was paid not for a handful of humanity, 
but that it was for "the world" God sent his only 
Son; that those, who have not had the opportunity 
of salvation through Christ, are as precious in his 
sight as the most cultured and refined Christian on 
earth, as far as souls are concerned; that it has 
pleased God to place this great work in the hands of 
his children here on earth, giving as his last com- 
mand, " Go ye into all the world;" that men can 
not believe on him of whom they have not heard, 
and cannot hear of him unless some one is sent,— 
when all this is remembered, who can be indiffer- 
ent to the high calling to which he is called in 
Christ Jesus our Lord? 



ne whatever, 
reported at last Annual 
On page 6 of Minutes 
a table showing the rc- 
expense of which was 
Si, 6,10 (dropping fractions). An average of eight 
were baptized at each mission. At the same ratio, 
if the plan suggested were adopted, 361 missions 
could be supported and 2,888 be added to the 
church. 

This estimate will not near require the tenth, as 
was provided under the law, and I feel assured if, 
with pure motives, we would thus honor God with 
our substance, he would greatly bless our increase, 
both temporally and spiritually. 
Fort Worth, Tex. 

THE EARLY SPREAD OF THE O.OSPEL. 

Few people have any idea of the aggressive work 
done by the early Christians in the face of the most 
bitter persecutions. Tertullian, writing about A. 
D. 197, almost the close of the second century, us- 
es this remarkable language: "The outcry is that 
the state is filled with Christians; that they are in 



on the islands; lamenta- 
calamity, that both sexes, 
even high rank, are pass- 
1 of the Christian faith. . 
iterday, and we have filled 
-cities, islands, fortresses, 

have left nothing 



the fields, in the citadels, 
tion is made, as for some 
every age and condition, 
ing over to the professioi 
. . We are but of ye 
every place among yo 
towns, market-places, the very cam 
panies, palaces, senate forum; we ha 
to you but the temples of your gods. If such mul- 
titudes of men were to break away from you and 
betake themselves to some remote corner of the 
world, why, the very loss of so many citizens, what- 
ever sort they were, would cover the empire with 
shame. You would be homesick at the solitude in 
which you find yourself at such an all-pervading 
silence and that stupor as of a dead world. You 
would have to seek subjects to govern. You would 
have more enemies than citizens remaining; for 
now it is the immense number of Christians which 
makes your enemies so few, almost all the inhabi- 
tants of your various cities being followers of 
Christ. 



" Ye shall be witnesses unto me unto the utter- 
most parts of the earth." So says Jesus Christ, as 
recorded in Acts I: 8. 



: difference between ; 
ts in interests in miss 



2<l 



TIHIE GOSPEL MZESSrEOSTG-EIL. 



January g, i8g; 



The Gospel Messenger, 

Thb Brethren's Publishing Co., 

Mount Mohhis, Illinois. 

D. L. Miller, Mount Morris, in., ) _. 

H. B. Bid miialk;ii, IiniiLifi^ifi..ii, I'.i., ( 

J. H. MOORB Office Editor. 

JosKl'll AMICK Business Manager, 

E !by Dnntcl Haya, w. K. Deeler. 

W-Ci.lnmim), ..f...,r. f-r ,..,1.(1. ,,!,.„, ,] I,, l.- 1; it>lv .nteu with black 

WAnonymouac nnlntlc-ns will nut be published. 

tyTim« la ptc Ii «. Wo nlwayi have time to nllcnd to business n 

■ " ■-..■■■! ■ ■ ■ ■■ -ii. itnc, but please do not subject us to net 

X*r I'l.r Ml 131 NO! » i- mailed each wcolt to all subscribers. II tl 



Mount Morris, III., January o, 1897. 



THOSE who send marriage 
remit the fifty cents. 



notices must not fail 



Bro. J. F. Brittc 
Bristow, Va., to Noke 



BW have not yet renewed the 
)7- We trust they will do so al 



ubscriptic 



cral members visiting with us tr 
always pleased to have them call. 



Bro. Gro. S. Arnold closed a series of meetings 
at Kglon, W. Va., with seven accessions to the 
church. 



Bro. W. R. Dei 
West house, Eel 1< 



i'ek closed his meetings in 1 
ver church, Ind., with seven , 



booked for 
February. 



ehs, of Mount Carroll, 
neetings in Sterling, III., 



De 



reclaimed. 

Do not fail to i 
converted person 
of converting hin 

Bro. Jacob H 
added to the chu 



accessions are reported in the 
:k church, Ind.,— six by baptism 



nd two 



nger to 
nay be tl 



ecently conducted 
City, Ohio. Five 



It affords us great pleasure to ha 
Brubaker, now of Panther, Iowa, v 
He is here to remain several days. 



:thren wil 
ie Octavi; 



of meet- 
next Sunday. 



The preaching is to be done by the home ministers 

A very interesting series of meetings is in prog- 
ress at Sh-idy Grove, Pa., conducted by Bro. Or- 
ville V. Long. When last heard from there were a 
number of applicants. 

Bro. J. I,. Ralston, of Northern Iowa, is with 
us. He preached for the children last Sunday 
morning. Bro. Ralston is to represent the North- 
ern District of Iowa on the Standing Committee at 
the next Annual Meeting. 



We must be 
grammes sent 
mals. We are 
that it is not 
programmes, s 
dates, place, et 
isfactory, 



excused for not publishing the pro- 
is of Bible Schools and Bible Xor- 
having so many of these schools 
possible to spare room for all the 
a we merely announce them, giving 
c, etc. We trust this will prove sat- 



tcresting n 
church by ( 



Royer spent his v< 
Tippecanoe, Ohio, 
tings and twenty a 
fession and baptism. 

Ho 



with tht 



writes that he closed hi; 



ngs in the Long Meadow 



Ho 



nd words? 
ewer of thei 






lis year than last 
to repent of th 



nteen 
: very ; 



sful meetings this winter. 



holding 



The Sunday schools that have closed until 
spring, are missing a good thing, by not following 
up the line of lessons selected for this part of the 
year. We, perhaps, never had a better selection. 



Our present custom of commencing the yea 
rith January i, instead of March 25, dates back tt 
he year 1752, at which time the change wai 
lade, though it was decided upon the year before. 



Bro. T. T. Myei 
look for the Lord'; 
are several applican 
Stouffer is to hold a 



epo 



an encouraging out- 
in Philadelphia. There 
nembership. Bro. D. F. 
of meetings there short- 



Some of our evangelists are in the 
preaching a number of earnest sermon 
members, instead of the unconverted, 
right. There are places where we need s 
versions inside of the church. 



habit of 

; to the 

That 



about 
your mind to 

If you have not, now is the ti 
past, and live better in the fut 
ford to go to the judgment followed by a Ion 
train of words that never should have escaped you 
lips. Take th 



Did 
flocks c 



elde 



year, neglect th 
• which the Holy Ghost made them over 



seers? If they did, they ■ 
other week longer. The n 
been giving your attentic 
flock, will not answer the 
keeping and feeding of you 
be held responsible. 



lot afford to do it an 
ere fact that you hav 
1 to somebody else' 
purpose. It is for th 
- flock that y> 



learned to preacl 
is not " thoroughl} 



The preacher who ha 
the doctrinal part of th 
furnished unto all good works " H 
thing, and needs to study the Word with greater 
care and diligence. Paul wrote Timothy to givi 
attention to doctrine, and we would urge 



preacher: 
pel due c 



everyv. 



: to give this part of the Gos 



The Christian Advocate, organ of the IV 
rhurch South, is decidedly opposed to the a 
inection with the inaugurate 



tomed ball i 



President. The Advo 
all other religious jou 

Communications, re 



uld that 
on that 



relating to the business of this 
office, or the contents of the Messenger, should 
not be addressed to Bro. D. L. Miller. He is from 
home most of the time, and, therefore, can have 
nothing to do with the business. Address all mat- 
ter to the Brethren's Publishing Company. 



The Brethren at Franklin Grove, 111., know h 
to do a good work when they have a chan 
They recently raised S35.75 to be us< 
the Messenger to the poor, and then 
four names of the poor. They belie 
ing the Gospel to those who should h 



sending 
n thirty- 
preach- 



:the 



vay, and 



' year is now well und 
veek has already passed, what about thi 
utions you formed at the beginning? Do you 
1 to carry them out, or have you already brok- 
me of them? It is not yet too late to form 
resolutions, and also to carry them out. 



Some of the m 


ambers in 


North M, 


nchester, 


Ind 


are doing what rr 


ight be d 


uplicated 


n all the 


cities 


where we have 


churches 


Some 


time ago 


they 


opened a missior 


Sunday 


school in 


the wesi 


pari 


of the city, and 


actually 


found fiv 


children 


who 


had never attended Sunday school 


in their 


ives 


Others have been 


gathered 


in, and g 


Dod is likely to 


result from their 


efforts. 









't fall i 



the Evangelist says: " I kno 
leep in the most comfortabl 
igle member of the family talks above 
They are very sensitive to noise. Y< 
these same men will sit on a hard bench in th 
church and go to sleep, no matter how much nois 
the preacher makes. What a soothing effect God 
house has on these men! " 



while a 
whispe 



bed, 



Mi: 



Mission Board. 
M. Yearout at 
iberger at Des 



wa has an energet 
They have just located Bro. Ch 
Cedar Rapids, and Bro. Geo. A. S 
Moines. That is the way we like to see the work 
move all along the line. Now, let the churches in 
that part of the State come to the front and sustain 
these 



Eld. N. J. Stroh, said to be th 
minister in the West, died at his I 
ris last week. Had he lived until nex 
would have been in his one-hundredth y 
within a few months of his death, he wa 
our streets every day, and about one ye; 
cended a long flight of stairs to reach 
and then descended again without any as 



oldest Lutheran 

me in Mt. Mor- 

May he 

ir. Until 



A corresponde 


nt writes us that the met 


nbers in 


his locality cannot hav 


e Sund 


iy s 


:hool 


because 


some are opposed 


to it. 


This 1 


s to 


be r 


gretted. 


We urge them to 


keep 


up con 


rage 


Sue 


h oppo- 


sition cannot last 


long. 


There 


is n 


othing out of 


the way in a few 


famil 


es orde 


ing 


suppl 


es from 


us, ,and having a 


little s 


chool in 


thei 


r own 


homes. 


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ng goo 


1 m 


y be 


accom- 


phshed. All of 


ir Sunday scho 


ol helps ar 


e under 


the supervision 


a co 


nmittee 




minted 


by the 


Annual Meeting, t 


nd may be int 


rn.1i 


red a 


nd used 


wherever wanted. 













A sister, living where there are but few mi 
bers, and no preaching by our people, writes 
that she is often tempted to attach herself to one 
the other churches, but that the reading of the 
Messenger keeps her from doing so. Would it 
not be well to see that the paper is placed ii 
hands of all isolated members? It might be tht 
means of keeping many from wandering away. 

Bro. D. L. Miller returned to the Mount lasl 
week, and is this week delivering some talk: 
the Chapel. In his sermon, last Sunday even 
he emphasized the absolute necessity of the 1 Bible 
being our only creed, and that, while it is the duty 
of Christians, in their councils, to agree to labor 
worship together in perfect harmony, there is 
necessity of them exalting their agreement to the 
dignity of a creed. He goes from here to New 
Carlisle, Ohio. 



One important phase of 
buy and sell honestly, havin| 
interest of others, as well i 
not how plainly a man dresses, if his manner 
ing business is not in keeping with the 
as well as the letter of the Scriptures, that 



iformity is to 
regard for the 
ves. We care 
manner of do- 
pirit, 



religio 

no good whatever. Let v. 

are non-conformed to thi: 



eptn 



will do h 
people who 



ell; 



1 then 



We do not want to criticise our preachers too 
much. If we have anything in mind that we" think 
would be for their good, if they knew it, let us be 
frank enough to go to them and kindly talk to 
them about it. We are of the impression, that if 

you would take a sack of flour to preacher B -, 

and then, at the proper time, suggest to him that it 
would be very helpful to him in the ministry if he 
would not pound the desk so hard with his fist 
while preaching, he would thank you for the sug- 
gestion, and be reminded of your interest in him 
every time he would see or hear of a sack of flour. 
There may be more in this item than most of you 
think. 



January g, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENQBR. 



luld not 
why he 



of doing 



A person one time said that he did not 
belong to the Brethren church because he ci 
do as he pleased. That is the very reason 
should have been converted and kept under 
trol of the church. People who persist in 
doing as they please are not in the nab 
right. Their carnal mind is not subject to the 1; 
of God, neither indeed can be. They must get rid 
of their carnality, and the sooner the better. Then 
they will feel like pleasing both the Lord and the 
church, rather than themselves. 



Bombay, In. 



["he Baptist Chronicle, published 
, says: 



The latest meaning that has been evolved out of the word 
baptizo, which has always been the insurmountable word to 
those who desired to find some loophole in Holy Writ, to 
favor sprinkling instead of immersion, is that which has re- 
cently been evolved by Professor Sheldon. But for the fact 
that it has been put forth in all seriousness, we should really 
have thought the Professor was having a little joke. It is 
this: Baptizo is a frequentative form of liapto, to dip, and con- 
sequently indicates repeated dipping. But repeated dipping 
necessarily causes a splashing by which somebody or some- 
thing is pretty sure to get sprinkled. Therefore, "sprinkle" 
is properly the meaning of the word. 

This needs no comment: only we may add that 
we have no objections to the sprinkling that results 
from the repeated immersion. It is the sprinkling 
without the repeated immersion that we object to. 

In every congregation there should be perfect 
harmony respecting the books to be used in the 
song services. While both the Hymnal and the 
Sunday School Song Book have received the ap- 
proval of the Conference, yet each congregation 
should have the privilege of deciding which book is 
desired. In not a few churches the Hymnal is 
used in the preaching services, and the Song Book 
in the Sunday schools. So far as we know, this 
plan works well. Then there are other churches 
where the Hymnal is used in all the services, and 
still others, where the Song Book is used exclusive- 
ly. We have nothing to say against this, just so 
the people sing with the spirit and with the under- 
standing also, but we gravely doubt the wisdom 
excluding our own books from our services, and 
troducing others. We should encourage the use 
our own literature as much as possible. 



It is the 



filege of our people to emigrate to 
new countries, and all right for them to settle in 
colonies, and otherwise, as may be for their con- 
venience, but we caution them against becoming 
too restless on account of new countries that are 
opening up for settlers. As a rule, people who 
have good homes in good communities, would bet- 
ter keep them until they are positive that they can 
do better. As much as possible, these new sec- 
tions should be filled by people who are in need of 
homes. Our people have gained a good deal by 
emigration, then, on the other hand, they have suf- 
fered some losses. Not a few well-to-do Brethren 
have lost all their property by* overreaching them- 
selves in new and untried countries. "Content- 
ment with godliness," in their old homes, would 
have been far better for them and the church. It 
is the poor man, or man of moderate means, and 
the young man, who generally succeeds best in the 
advance lines of emigration, especially when they 
carry their religion with them, and work for Christ 
as well as for self. 



HERE AND THERE IN NEBRASKA. 



hoped, 



The last 
spent, and 
some of the churches it 
time, comparatively sp 
Ohio, Indiana and llli. 
Western States by th. 



th of the old yea 



pleasantly 



short 



not without profit 
the West. Only 
aking, has elapsed since 
lis were called the Far 
dwellers on the Atlantic 



Coast. Within the memory of the writer of the 



lines a little band of our . . .... 

State of Illinois, was known 
Brethren." Now one must c 
souri before the Far West 
then he is but in the border-1; 



people, Ii, 



the 



is the " Far Western 
oss the muddy Mis- 
s reached, and even 
id of the great tern 



tory stretching westward to the Pacific Oc 



The first stop was made at Morrill, Brown Co 
Kans., on the border of the State of Nebrask; 
Here, and in the latter State, at Falls City, some 
days were spent with Bro. Sharp at his Bible 1 
mal, and in attending meetings and driving about 
the country. The meetings were, for the most part, 
well attended, and the interest good. We visited 
the homes of a number of our own people, and, as 
a rule, found them prosperous and happy. The 
churches are also in a fairly good condition. The 
members seem to be earnest and devoted to the 
cause of the Master. 



As we drove about the 
on all sides, that the line: 
pie in this part of the ct 
With a rich, fertile soil, 
mature crops, with fruit 
cellent quality, with less 
than in many of th' 
mild winters as come 
farmers were plowin 



ountry, it>as apparent, 

have fallen to the peo- 

ntry in pleasant places. 

'ith sufficient rainfall to 

1 abundance and of ex- 

:ss chance for crop failures 

Eastern States, with short, 

ed with Northern Illinois — 

in December,— and with an 



immense crop just gathered, we wondered how it 
would be possible to improve the temporal condi- 
tion of these dwellers on the border lands of the 
Great West. 



The 



arrived at in the foregoing para- 
reached after visiting a number 
ountry, and interviewing farmers 
re nearly a score of years, The 
1 in these hard times, shows how 

their homes. Five to ten thou- 
quarter section, the sum asked 



graph, was only 

of homes in the c 

who have lived hi 

price of land, eve 

the owners value 

sand dollars for ; 

depending upon location, improvements, etc., is 

the prevailing price for farms; unimproved land, 

where it can be found, sells for less. 

We are especially indebted to elders William 
Davis and Jacob Humberger, of the Morrill and 
Falls City churches, and brethren Jonathan Kim- 
mel and William Mohler, the latter a son of our 
late, esteemed brother, S, S. Mohler, and a minis- 
ter in the Falls City church, for an opportunity to 
see the country, not only from a car window, 
but from a private conveyance, as well. During 
the month we drove nearly two hundred miles 
across the country in the southeastern half of Ne- 
braska, interviewed scores of farmers and obtained 
a fair knowledge of existing conditions in that part 
of the State. 

From Fails City westward to Wymore, via the 
Burlington and Missouri River R. R„ which, with 
its numerous branches, threads a great portion of 
the State, and thence, by pony express, under the 
care of Eld. Urias Shick, who has a spice of the Je- 
hu in his driving, to the elder's comfortable home in 
the outskirts of Holmesville, was a pleasant and 
enjoyable journey. Here we met the South Beat- 
rice church,— brethren Hope and Bingaman were 
also with us, — and had several enjoyable meetings. 



THE SPICE OF LIFE. 



After all things were created, the Creator 
looked upon them and pronounced them good and 
very good. As man was so constituted that he 
craved after the spices of life, it is only right that 
he should have them. Were they not spoken of, in 
the Bible, as among the essentials of our being, we 
might conclude that the desire for them 
growth of the depravity of the mode 
Even in the absence of this evidence 
still be sufficient grounds for the At 
legitimate, as the purpose of them is 



manifest, both 
No small part of the 
expectant saint on I 
the spices of the hea 
Spices have been, 
poses. In Bible tin 
tion with the sacrific 
daily food. In Palestine 
their tithes, and the foil 



s the out- 
t appetite, 
lere would 
ires being 
verywhere 



ll.lllMI 



natural and spiritual world, 
ducements, held out to the 
pilgrimage heavenward, are 
lly kingdom. 

1 are, used for different pur- 
they were used in connec- 
and as condiments for the 
they gave them as part of 
wing varieties are named: 
imin, cassia, mint, anise 



The membership is above 
and they have two good, s 
ship. They have a numl 
telligent workers, and w 
well for the church at thi: 
these workers s 



the two hundn 
ibstantial house 
er of bright, a 
felt that it \ 
place to give 



J Id be 
me of 



wider field of usefulness. As an 
evidence of the prosperity and liberality of the 
South Beatrice Brethren, it may be stated that dur- 
ing our short stay with them, they pledged a sum 
more than sufficient for the support of an orphan 
Brethren's Armenian Orphanage in Smyrna, 



.Mil 



We spent 
Frank Price, 



1 short tint' 
ion of Eld. 



: had known i 



at the home of Bro. 
David E. Price, of Mt. 
iber of members whom 
years ago. They have, 
as a rule, prospered financially, and, we trust, 
spiritually, by coming to Nebraska. The church 
at Holmesville, under the care of Bro. Peters, is in 
a prosperous condition, and we express the hope 
that she may extend her borders and occupy this 
goodly land. u. L. m. 



and rue. While they were used to give odor, 
flavor, and as appetizers, their chief purpose was to 
add variety and give enjoyment in change. So, for 
wise purposes, we have been constituted, and not 
only so, but for every want God has given us an 
abundant supply. In the earth's formation we 
have mountains, hills, valleys, ravines and plains, 
but also oceans, seas, lakes, rivers and sparkling 
rivulets, as well as trees and shrubs, with their 
multiform sizes and variegated leaves, flowers and 
fruits. We have endless varieties in vegetable and 
floral productions. 

So, also, it is in animal and human life. Even in 
the face divine the Lord has planted variety with 
:h to spice our lives and to meet the out- 
reaching of our very beings. We enjoy spring- 

ne because of the winter; the autumn because of 

e summer; the clear sky because of the clouds; 
and the shades and shadows because of the sun- 
shine. To try to make men and women look alike 
would be to frustrate the purposes of God in mak- 
ing us unlike, and in filling the world with variety 
to give it the needed spice. 

If variety is the spice of life, and all these things 
are needed to satisfy our physical and a:sthetical 
cravings, is it not equally true in reference to the 
spiritual? Paul, in speaking of the gifts given to 
men, for the perfecting of the saints, says: "And he 
gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some 
teachers; and some pastors." Thus he not only 
recognizes the various wants, in supplying the spir- 
itual food, but provides for the necessary supply 
and the needed spice. The spice is not necessarily 
a part of the food to give physical and spiritual 
strength, but its purpose is to give variety and 
make it palatable, so that it will be received, and 
thus make it possible that the end intended can be 
attained. 

The work of th 
pie. 



inister is to feed his peo- 
' Feed my sheep" is the interpretation of the 



nste 



lisdo 



of the 



Joingthishe 
nd the harmle 



VI u s t 



the 



of the 



f the 
same 
pre- 



pent 

dove. The food that we rat is al 

kind, but there is a great difference 

pared, as we all know. The carel 

and the spice tell wonderfully on the 

of the dishes prepared. In this is 

the wisdom and the skill of the cook, 

the Gospel food, — the bread from he 

the same kind of food,— the life-gi 

preserving Word. According to James, it must be 

rightly divided, with here a little and there a little, 

just as the need of each one be. 

ome to us from time to time, 
chest viands are brought for- 
es are lavishly used to give 
ppetite and give the highest 



anifest 



nd life- 



As the Holidays 1 
the best and the r 
ward, and the spi< 
flavor, tempt the 



THE O-OSPEL IMIIESSEIIsra-IEIR.. 



January 9, 1897. 



sense of enjoyment in the eating. Are we doing 
all this at the expense of our spiritual feeding and 
growth? Are we giving fatness to our bodies and 
leanness to the soul? It is right that we should 
commemorate the birthday of 
nd that we should make merry 
re surround the festive board 
thousand times 



well d 



lave gladness as v 
,ur Blessed King, 
n our hearts as 
ithich the occasion brings, but 
nore should our souls be uplifted in thanksgiving 
or the feast that has thus been provided for our 
piritual being. 
In writing our editorials it sometimes becomes a 
whether it is our mission to furnish the 
only the spice. If the spice,— and this is 
ie,— we are satisfied, as we know that much 
good, solid food has been given. If so, the spice 
mission is quite an important one, because the best 
of food, if in sameness continued, will become stale 
and unpalatable. This is so in our writing, our 
talking, preaching and everything else. 

We remember, when yet a boy, we had a good 
minister, who preached orthodox sermons, but he 
had gotten himself into a rut, and each new sermon 
was a facsimile of the old one. He always began 
with Adam and Eve in the garden, going down 
through the disobedience, the fall, the flood, the 
Israelites, the fate of the Jews because of disobedi- 
ence, the coming of Christ to save the world, re- 
pentance, faith and baptism, and the necessity of 
implicit obedience to insure final salvation. It was 
Gospel truth,— the same truth all the time,— but 
lacked in variety. It became stale to the hearer; 
and needed spice. We well remember how cha 
grined we were, in hearing some of those who at 
tended the meetings, say, on coming, " Now, we art 
going to hear about Adam and Eve again." How 
we hoped they would be disappointed,— we were, bul 
they were not,— because he had gotten into a rut 
and, seemingly, could not get out. He lost his 
power in his preaching, not because he did not 
preach the truth, but because he failed in adding 
the spice. 

Suppose that we, in our writing, would every 
time take the same subject and treat it exactly in 
the same way, how long, do you suppose, our con- 
tributions would be edifying, and how often would 
they be reprinted? Twice would be just once too 
often. And yet, how is it with some of our old, 
stereotyped sermons which we have been repeating 
for the last decade, often to the same congrega- 
tion? If not the same text is used, the same line 
of thought is followed and, practically, the same 
sermon is given. Don't you think that feeding 
children bread in this way, continually, will become 
unpalatable and need a little spice? 

These have been reflex thoughts, rather, that 
have come to us in the summing up of the year just 
r thinking along this line has been 
: hope that others may be made to 
ode of preparing and feeding, and 
been lacking, begin the New Year 
The garden of the Lord is full of 
as spices. On every hand they are 
Stud} to show thyself approved 
f Christ are the gatherings from all 



' HOME ♦ AND ♦ FAMILY * 



BECKONINQ HANDS. 



BECKONING hands at the gateway to-night, 
Faces all shining with radiant light, 
Eyes looking down from yon heavenly borne, 
Beautiful hands, they are beckoning, come! 

Beautiful hands, beckoning hands, 
Calling their dear ones to heavenly lands. 
Beautiful bands, beckoning hands, 
Beautiful, beautiful beckoning bands. 
Beautiful bands of a mother, whose love 
Sacrificed life her devotion to prove, 
Hands of a father, whose memory dear 
Beckons up higher the waiting ones here. 
Beautiful hands of a little one, see, 
Baby voice calling, oh mother, to thee; 
Rosy-cheeked darling, the light of your borne, 
Taken so early, is beckoning, cornel 
Beautiful hands of a husband or wife, 
Waiting and watching their dear ones of life; 
Hands of a brother, a sister or friend, 
Out from the gateway to-night they extend. 
Brightest and best of that glorious throng. 
Center of all and the theme of our song, 
Jesus, our Savior, the Pierced One stands, 
Lovingly calling with beckoning hands. 
Mour.tvilU, Md. 



that it defileth the 



past. While 01 
helpful to us, w 
think on their ■ 
if the spice has 
by putting it in 
the most precit 
to be found. 
The teachings 
the spice beds of Palestine. His sermons are select 
gems from the mountains, hills, plains, seas, rivers 
and fountains. He interpreted by bringing into 
play the occupations and callings of men. Every- 
thing he saw he made a medium through which he 
forced the kingdom of God into the hearts of the 
children of men. If ye be his disciples, do as he 
did, and your teachings will be richly seasoned 
with the spices of life. H. B. B. 



THE MOUTH IS DANOEROUS. 



Eccl. 5: 6 says, "Suffer not thy mouth to 
thy flesh to sin." If we wish to know how th 
be done, we can learn from the following: 
the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity 
tongue among our memb 
whole body, and setteth on fire the course of 
nature; and it is set on fire of hell." James 3: 6. 

Well may the apostle say, " Behold, how great a 
matter a little fire kindleth." How often have we 
seen fearful consequences grow out of a few words 
which were not seasoned with grace! Much blood 
has been shed because of angry words, or words 
that cast a damaging reflection upon some other 
person or kingdom! All of this might have been 
avoided by using mild words. Solomon says, "The 
wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a 
wise man will paci'y it." Prov. 16: 14. If we in- 
quire as to how the wise man can do this, the case 
is stated clearly in the following words: "A soft 
answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir 
up anger, The tongue of the wise useth knowl- 
edge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out 
foolishness." Prov. 15: 1, 2. 

A man, on being asked how he got along so 
pleasantly with everybody, gave as the secret of his 
that he "kept h 



words, but God can see through our words and ac- 
tions too. 

Then, why try to deceive with words? We have 
some very wholesome advice along this line from 
the apostle Peter. He says, " For he that will love 
life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue 
from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile." 
I Pet. 3: 10. 

If only we could all say truthfully, as did they of 
old, "Our conversation is in heaven; from whence 



the Lord Jesus Chiist." 

uld not find much time 

Should we engage in 

touths might cause our 



look for the Savio 
Philpp. 3: 20. Then we w 
to spend in talking politic 
a strife of this kind, our 
flesh to sin. 

Strife in things of this 
with damage to the spir 
"The servant of the Lord must not stri 
gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patieti 
2: 24. The improper use of the mouth 
to great strife, and even to violence, 
could all see the propriety of copying 
our Divine Head, of whom it is said, 
was reviled, reviled not again; when he s 
threatened not; but committed himself t 
judgeth righteously." I Pet. 
verse says, "Who did no s 
found in his mouth." 

When we think of this Leader, how pure he was 
in his life and words, and then think of Rom. 8: 9, 
we ought to put a new meaning to our idea of con- 
secration, for Paul there says, " Now if any man 
have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his." 
O how careful we should be of our words, lest they 
cause our flesh to sin! I close with the language of 
the "sweet singer of Israel," "Keep thy tongue 
from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile." Psa. 



world may be attended 
itual man. Paul says, 

t."' 2 Tim. 
often leads 
If only we 
more after 
'When he 
uffered, he 
3 him that 
13. The preceding 
neither was guile 



34: 13- 



v.'Ik: 



PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN. 



is it, that \ 
church, at 
•s all at 
e do not tr 



after they 
hem for the 



outh shut." That 



gave heed to the wise cc 
article: " Suffer not thy 1 



.nsel at the 
outh to caui 



head of this 
: thy flesh to 



ates says, " If any 
lame is a perfect ma 
vhole body." James 



1 offend not in word, 
nd able also to bridle 



of 



Let those who think they a 
expect to be justified by the 1 
We, who are not under the 
propose to keep the First Day of th 
memoration of the resurrection. 



under the law, and 
, keep the Sabbath, 
/, but under Christ, 



properly guarding our 
t shalt be justified, : 
ondemned." Matt 



is of the importai 
vords: " For by thy words 
d by thy words thou shalt 
2:37. 

David says, " I will take heed to my ways, that I 
sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with 
a bridle while the wicked is before me." Psa. 39: 1. 
The apostle gives us to understand the danger 
there is in an improper use of the tongue. He 
says, " If any man among you seem to be religious, 
and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own 
heart, this man's religion is vain." James 1: 26. 
We certainly know that a vain religion wilt not 
stand the test in the " day of all days." Jesus says, 
"This people draweth nigh unto me with their 
mouth, and honoureth mc with their lips; but their 
heart is far from me." Matt. 15: 8. Then we can 
see that the mouth may so far mislead us that we 
may miss heaven. Our actions cannot be so well 
covered up, or hid, from the eyes of man, as our 



1 early infancy? 
encourage our child 
ng a good time, f 
ve would tell thei 
What a true pleasui 
Father, and to teacl 
in Christ, so they 1 



;rown up, 
: of Christ 
any of us 
nd in hav- 
juld be if 



the 



joys 



He 



nly 



.vhile 



: going to advi 
cumstances? L 
how 1 



ildren the truth 
k their Savit 
youth, before they get hardened in sin! 

Let us, as loving mothers, win the confidence and 
affection of our children while they are young and 
tender, so we can have their confidence when they 
grow up to be young men and women. When they 
tell us their little secrets now, we must not tell any 
one, for if we do, depend upon it, they will get dis- 
couraged, and will not tell us the next time. If we 
lose their confidence, h 
them for their good und 
us take things home to ourselves, 
would feel if we were in their place. 

Another very important duty for us, is to teach 
, by our own example, to" give to the 
ause, and that it must be done willing- 
ly. Let them see that it affords us great pleasute 
to give to the Lord! If they see we enjoy giving, 
they will soon give of their own free will, too. Let 
us deny ourselves of something, and give it to Je- 
sus, and let the children see what great pleasure it 
affords us to do so. Then they will soon think 
they, too, can save their pennies and dimes, and 
give them to the Lord, instead of buying candy and 
other things they do not need. 

If we do those things, we will be doing ou 
to our God and to the little ones in this r 
If every member would deny himself of 
things, we would have plenty of money to se 

they are called for. It 
men spending the Lord's 



childn 









grieves the Lord to see met 
money for tobacco, and to 
ttimmings for either their ow 



the sisters buying 



clothe 



■ the 



chil- 



on school in tht 



To the Brethren of the State District of Nebraska. 

We, the Nebraska State Mission Board and Sun 
day School Mission Board, held 
Dec. 21, relative to starting a missi 
City of Kearney. The report concerning such a 
move is favorable, and we will start such a school 
s soon as we have the means. 

The churches of Nebraska are most earnestly re- 
uested to contribute promptly and liberally for 
he support of the school. Send all money and 
contributions to C. H. Price, Beatrice, Nebr. 

J. S. Dell, Sec. 
Hamilton, Ncbr., Dec. 26. 



[anuary 9, 1897. 



TIHIIE GOSIPIEL MIESSZEHSTGE^. 



ren's. Then there are many fine eatables we 
juld just as well do without, and give that much 
iore to Jesus. Just think how it would please him! 



CORRESPONDENCE +-*— 



tgrCliurch News solicited (< 



From Covington, Ohio. 



27 



Nov. 14 Bro. D. M. Garver, of Fa 
)liio, commenced a series of meetings at one of 
iur outposts and closed Nov. 29, preaching, in all, 
wenty-one sermons. He gave much encourage- 
nent to the members and warned sinners to flee the 
/rath to come. As an immediate result, one soul 
hat had wandered away was restored to the fold. 

Dec. 3 a series of meetings commenced in the 
;ovington house. Bro. J. M. Neff filled the first 
ppointment. Bro. Isaiah Rairigh, of Woodland, 
flich., arrived next day and continued the work. 
He closed last night with five accessions,— three 
aptized and two reclaimed. Thus ended a special 
ffort of five weeks' duration. A. S. Neher. 

Dec. 22. ^ 

From Oystervllle, Wash. 



other and sister Stiverson and family have 
located at Oysterville and are pleased with 
;heir new home. May the Lord send more earnest 
vorkers to this part of America, where our brethren 
ire scarcely known! Other churches are working 
lere and should we not love Christ as much as they? 
The spirit of Christ was, and is, to preach the Gos- 
>el to all the world. Will not some, who are seek- 
ng a home on earth, earn for themselves a home in 
leaven, by coming out on the Lord's side, here in 
he West, to help save souls? 

We hope, in the near future, to be blest with two 
:hurcli organizations in Western Washington, — one 
ntralia, Lewis County, and one at Oysterville, 
c County. Further information will be giv- 
:n by addressing the writer. Geo. C. Carl. 



From Hjorilng, Denmark. 



The busy summer is ended, the winter has come, 

id now people have more time to attend meetings. 

ur members are glad to hear the Gospel preached. 

This is, in many respects, the most suitable time 

o hold meetings, not only on Sundays, but also in 

evenings, especially when there is moonlight. 

eacon and I were out last week, visiting a sister, 

•!ghty-one years of age. We walked a distance of 

ve Danish miles. She lives alone in a little house 



idw 



y glad to s 
3 prayed with her. 
>n pass over, and \v< 
Iked to another pla 



Wej 



hymns 

likely 



This aged sister wil 
hope she may be at 
e, called Taars, when 
: we had a mixed aud 
Methodists, Baptists, Advcntists, Salvation 
nd the so-called Free Mission, etc. But 
rood meetings, for the Lord's Spirit was \ 
Vord. I also visited a preacher who is 11 
lected with any church. I talked with him 
e- He seems quite favorable to the .... 
hope he may come to the whole truth, to 



i I held 

Army, 
we had 
rith his 

a good 



the glory of God. We have asked for the Lord's 
help, and we know he will hear our prayers. O, if 
only people would believe God's Word! Most 
people do have confidence in other things. They 
trust to a compass, map, watch, scale, measure, etc., 
but they hardly dare trust the saving Gospel of 
Ch "st. C. C. Eskildsen. 



From the Jonathan Creek Church, Ohio. 

Our fall Communion was largely attended and 
greatly enjoyed by all. Ministers present were 
brethren L. Orr and Q. Leckrone. The latter offi- 
ciated. A few evenings later a small Communion 
service was held at the home of brother Adam 
sister Lydia Shrider, both being unable to attend 
the feast at the church on account of ill health 
This meeting was conducted by Bro. Arnold, of 
Somerset. Bro. Arnold and wife have recently 
been restored to church fellowship. The sister has 
since gone to her eternal home. 

Since harvest the church has been somewhat re- 
vived. Several were received by baptism, some by 
letter and some reclaimed, with bright prospects 
for a glorious ingathering in the near future. 

Our Sunday school is making advancement, by 
the faithful and unflinching perseverance of 
worthy Superintendent, — sister Dora Snider. She 
has put new life into the school, as was made ap 
parent by the very appropriate services on Christ- 
mas eve. The Superintendent had everything har 
moniously arranged, and the singing was excellent. 
Benj. Leckrone. 

Zioniown, Ohio, Dec. 26. 



From Bronderslev, Denmark. 

We had a blessed love feast in the " Brethi 
Home" at Sindal, Nov. 8. Twenty-two mem 
attended the Communion. We felt the presence of 
the Lord among us, and a rich blessing was ours, 
for we were all united in love and peace. The 
most of the night,, after our feast closed, was spent 
in conversation, song and prayers, until train-time. 

Nov. 15 I held meetings in Thise and V. Hjer- 
mitslev. There was good attention and a rich 
blessing in the Gospel to us all. Nov. 22 I held 
meetings in Tommerly. We had attentive hearers, 
and our hearts were moved. Some asked for meet- 
ings again. We hope the Gospel seed will bring 
forth fruit to the glory of God! Nov. 23 I was 
called to Bronderslev, to a dear sister, whose 
youngest daughter had died, to preach a funeral. 
She was about fifteen years of age and had come to 
love Jesus Christ as her dear Savior. In prayer she 
passed to the great beyond. C. Hansen. 

Dec. 10. 



(Meanings from the Field. 

Yesterday I returned from a trip of over two 
weeks among the scattered members and churches 
of Southern Missouri and Arkansas. 

My first step was at Poplar Bluff, Mo., where 
there are two members, — both sisters. We had 
been informed that there was one who desired to 
unite with the church, but on arriving, and holding 
a few meetings, two were ready to follow the Sav- 
ior and were baptized. A number of others were 
seriously impressed. Two others, — husbands of 
the sisters referred to, — were once members and 
will return to the fold as soon as the matter can be 
attended to. These families came from Southern 
Illinois, where there are churches of the Brethren 
and they are anxious that a church be established 
where they now live. This is certainly a good 
opening, and, could a minister locate with them, a 
grand work might be accomplished. Who will 
volunteer to come to the rescue? 

Poplar Bluff is a thriving city of nearly 5,000 
souls and is surrounded by a good farming country. 
Ministers, passing through, on the Iron Mountain 
R. R., are urged to stop and preach for the few 
members at this point. Notify Allen Cripps, Pop- 
lar Bluff, Mo., whose wife is a member, and you 
will be met and well cared for. 



Our next point was Supply, Randolph Co., Ark., 
fifteen miles south of Doniphan, Mo. Here Bro. 
D. Miller, wife and family, formerly of Indiana, 
reside. They are the only members, and until 
they came,— a little over a year ago,-the doc- 
trine, as preached by the Brethren, was new. Bro. 
Miller had distributed tracts and Messengers, so 
that many were anxious to hear preaching. Four 
meetings were held and much interest was mani- 
fested. It was needless to announce that preach- 
ing would begin at seven o'clock, for by six the 
house was well filled, and in a short time was full 
to overflowing. At this place, and in the country 
around, is ample room for a minister to use his en- 
tire time in building up the cause of the Master. 

At the next point, — Ddaplaine, Greene Co. 
Ark.,— are six members from Indiana, also. Con- 
gregations at this point were not so large, but the 
Brethren are anxious to have regular preaching. 
With the limited ministerial force in the mission 
field, it is impossible to fill all the calls,— urgent 
though they be. We need more resident ministers 
to build up and take charge of the work at these 
new points. Brother minister in the North, whose 
sword is rusting by your side, come to the aid of 
these neglected ones! The harvest is white; will 
you not help gather it in, that it he not lost? 

We held one meeting at Dryden, Ark., where 
there are a few members, and where the Brethren 
have preached a few times. This is in the bounds 
of the Weiner church, though some distance from 
the main body. We met with the Brethren at 
Long Creek twice, where the church was organized 
two years ago. The membership is somewhat 
scattered, hence meetings are not so large. Sun- 
day evening, Dec. 20, we had meetings at another 
schoolhouse, with good attendance and interest, 
We arrived home the next day, and found our 
family well. 

On this trip about one hundred and twenty doc- 
trinal Messengers were distributed, and eagerly 
taken. D. L. Forney. 

Palestine, Ark., Dec. 22. 



From the North Morrill Church, Brown Co., Kans. 



Ouk Biblt 
in progress ; 
of feeling, 1 
pear in the 



al, which \ 



reported as being 

ago, closed with the best 

ilts that will not only ap- 

terest in the study of the 

tible, as shown by both old and young at this 

also bring the results spoken of by 

earch the scriptures; for in them ye 

eternal life: and they are they which 



place, but \ 
the Savior, 
think ye ha 
testify of rr 

Immediately after the close of the Normal, a 
class was organized by selecting a President, Secre- 
tary and Class Leader. The purpose of this class 
is to meet once a week and continue the study of 
the Bible during the year. The class has met 
twice, up to the time of this writing, and we are 
very hopeful as to results. 

During their stay with us, brethren D. L. Miller 
and S. Z. Sharp were invited by the Methodist, 
Christian and Baptist churches, respectively, to oc- 
cupy their pulpits on the Lord's Day. This was 
done, as far as possible, by Bro. Sharp preaching in 
the Methodist church in the morning and Bro. 
Miller in the evening. T. A. Eisenbise. 

Dec. 28. _ 

From McPherson, Kans. 

The McPherson church sustains preaching serv- 
ices at five places, and has two Sunday schools 
which neither " dry up "in summer nor "freeze up" 

Our love feast was a most pleasant one. Breth- 
ren J. D. Trostle, C. Hope, Aaron Sollenberger, and 
W. H. Leaman, from abroad, afforded abundant 
help in the ministry. The latter officiated. 

Bro. Frantz will soon return to his work, having 

fficiently recovered from a severe attack of the 
typhoid fever. 

Recently we were very much refreshed by some 
sermons and Bible Land talks by brethren C. 
Hope and Wm. Bingaman, 



2* 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGBB. 



January 9, 1897, 



The outlook for the college is very hopeful. It 
has recently been freed from more than eight thou- 
sand dollars indebtedness and the present attend- 
ance is about one-third better than that of last year. 

The special Bible Term of McPherson College 
will begin Feb. 2, and continue three weeks. There 
will be no charge for tuition. A hearty invitation 
is extended to lovers of the Word. 

Members and friends of the church have agreed 
to support two Armenian orphans for five years, 
C. E. Arnold. 

From the Mahoning Church, Ohio. 

The Christmas number of the Gospel Messenger 
was extra good. I hope Brethren everywhere may 
profit by its good advice. As a rule those brethren 
that take the Gospel Messenger and read it care- 
fully, are taking the most interest in church work, 
—at least we find it so here in the Mahoning 
church. But, perhaps, we all come short of doing 
our duty in some respects. 

The Mahoning church is still trying to build up 
the cause of Christ, but the enemy is also busy, 
trying to get in his evil work. The church here 
has a missionary society, which has been organized 
by the sisters. They have meetings every four 
months. The members are asked to give at least 
twenty-five cents at each meeting. The children 
are also encouraged to give to the good work in the 
Sunday school. 

Our Sunday school, near Columbiana, had Chil- 
dren's Day services last Sunday, Dec. 27. It be- 
ing so near Christmas, many of the children had 
short recitations about the birth of Christ. The 
scholars also had some gifts presented to them, re- 
minding them of the Precious Gift given us 2,000 
years ago. 

The church, on this occasion, did not forget their 
minister, as an acceptable little gift was presented 
to him. I think churches everywhere ought to re- 
member their poor ministers during the Holiday 
season. There is surely a blessing in giving, if our 
gifts are bestowed in the right spirit. 

Simeon Longanecker. 

Columbiana, Ohio. 



From the Mt. Hope Church, Okla. Ter. 

Dec. 26 was our regular quarterly council. Our 
elder, J. 0. Brubaker, presided. Considerable 
business came before the meeting, but was dis- 
posed of harmoniously. Our evergreen Sunday 
school was reorganized, with Bro. J. H. Brubaker as 
Superintendent. This school is progressing nicely. 
The church is alive to the work of the Master. 
They expect, by the help of the Lord, to build a 
new churchhouse next fall, if they can obtain the 
needed financial assistance. Our elder, J. O. Bru- 
baker, held forth the Word, and as a result two 
came out on the Lord's side and were baptized. 

Health and crops are good here, and the climate 
mild. The weather this fall has been most delight- 
ful. When we consider the many blessings be- 
stowed upon us by the Lord, we should strive for a 
greater degree of holiness, not only in ourselves, 
but also in others, for the harvest is great and the 
laborers few. J. A. Landis. 

Acton, Okla. Ter. 

From the Round Mountain Church, Ark. 

I left for the Cameron church, Ind. T., Dec. 5, 
and held meeting each evening and twice on Sun- 
day; also had one council-meeting. Everything 
passed off pleasantly. Dec. 11 we had a Commun- 
ion meeting. It was a pleasant gathering. Six- 
teen members surrounded the Lord's table. 

Dec 12 I left Indian Territory for Knoxville, 
Ark., to spend a week there. I found the members 
full of zeal and enthusiasm. We had meeting each 
evening and twice on Sunday, with good attend- 
ance. Dec. 16 we held a council for the purpose 
of organizing. The letters that were read showed 
nineteen members to be present. All agreed to 
abide by the Gospel and the general order of the 
church, as defined by Annual Meeting. This 



akes at least one church in Arkansas without any 
tobacco or tobacco users, Eld. Henry Brubaker is 
their elder. Eld. Bradley did not get to the meet- 
ing on account of ill health. They also have two 
ministers in the second degree, one of whom was 
advanced from the first to the second degree at the 
meeting. They have two deacons, one of whom 
was elected at the meeting. This church is to be 
known as the Knoxville church. They had a Com- 
munion Dec. 18, which was a very enjoyable one. 
Quite a number of spectators were present who 
had never witnessed the like before. We hope 
they were favorably impressed with the services. 
The meetings were held in the M. E. church South, 

cepting the council. Dec. 19 I returned home 

d found all well. Samuel Weimer, 

Wyman, Ark., Dec. 22. 

Notes by the Way. 

One more day and the year 1896 will be gone tor- 

er! Have we done our best in the year that is 

about to close? If not, may God help us to do 

e in 189/, if permitted to live, than we ever did 

ng any previous year, to promote the cause of 

Christ and to rescue the perishing while it is ours 

to work ! 

le series of meetings at Laplace, III., closed 
week ago, with a good attendance and the best 
of interest. Eleven precious souls were baptized. 
May God bless them to be shining lights! 

I arrived home next evening and found my fami- 
ly in fair health. We had council-meeting the fol- 

wing day. All business was disposed of in love. 

ur son, Edward, preached to us on Christmas; al- 
on last Sunday. He has now returned to Mc- 

lerson, Kans., where he expects to teach, as he 

is almost regained his health. 

We had a very pleasant council with the Pales- 
tine church, Ohio, last Monday. Bro. D. L. Miller 
expects to be with us at the Donnel's Creek church, 
in the large house, Jan. 12, to give us a series of 
Bible Land Talks and also to do some preaching. 
He will be at New Carlisle, Ohio, about Jan. 27 and 
28. We hope much good may be done! 

I am at present laboring with the Killbuck 
church, Ind. I have had one meeting so far. 
Though we have rainy weather, muddy roads, and 
health is not very good, yet with warm hearts and 
earnest work we may be able to accomplish some 
good. Henry Frantz. 

Forgy, Ohio, Dec 30. 



•'The Lord Our Righteousness." 

I always hail any new book by the Brethren with 
great pleasure. I have this much faith in our peo- 
ple, that they will read and praise good books, but 
if a book be read which is not good, little will be 
said about it, and it soon drops from the list. So, I 
think, let the books come,— the more the better. 
They will stand or fall according to their own mer- 
its. 

I have just finished reading Bro. McCann's little 
book, -'The Lord Our Righteousness," and I do not 
hesitate to express my relish for it. We are loan- 
ing it to friends and neighbors as fast as one after 
the other reads it, and these express themselves as 
getting clear opinions that will harmonize with the 
Gospel, on a subject that was more or less confus- 
ing to them, always, before. 

I have read chapter five a number of times. Its 
teaching is such a helpful doctrine. Oh, how 
blessed to be one of the elect of God, living in these 
latter days! " Whenever a man does a kind deed 
to a Christian, he has done it to his Substitute, 
Christ." " In God's eyes, whenever a man injures a 
Christian, by word or deed, he does it not to him 
but to his Substitute, Christ." Would that this 
truth were deeply rooted in every heartl 

How many people get adrift in their endeavors to 
attain to the spiritual life! How much seeking 
there is, and how little finding! We need books on 
the "Spiritual Life," on " Ethics," etc., not because 
the Bible does not say anything on these subjects, 
but to point clearly to what the Bible does say about 



nd because we should show up the literal ; 
the spiritual side by side with equal force. 

On page 114 the author covers a good deal of 
ground when he says, "A man cannot walk in the 
realm of the spiritual and ignore the literal, for the 
literal was dictated by the Spirit." It is such s 
pie, self-evident truths that are often forgotten, 
the result is that we sometimes do not know 
what to tell a man who thinks he can walk in the 
spiritual without the literal. Our minds will be 
splendidly refreshed by these pages. 

Hearing the church, the author confesses, might 
be, in certain cases, not obligatory on the Christian, 
and then he cites examples. But the reasons why 
we should hear the church, and under what cii 
stances we should not neglect to hear her, these, 
with a "number of clear examples, are plainly set 
forth. I fear there are not a few of our dear Breth- 
ren who, if asked by a stranger for an intelligent 
reason for our position on these things, would fail 
to give it. 

The closing chapters on self-sacrifice are worthy 

a careful reading. Is any one not happy in his 

Christian life? Three words may suggest the way 

out of the difficulty, — Sacrifice measures joy. Ho 

often have I had that as the central thought ru: 

g through a sermon! Sacrifice measures jo 

s no great sacrifice for us to live here in India, 

being engaged in the Lord's work. We want to do 

It is our choice and joy. If we could not have 

;e, then there would have been sacrifice! 

wanted to come! We dreamed about it, and 

talked about it, and worked for it. We wen 



.the 



-ifice? 



There is a good deal of wrong thinking on 
question of self-sacrifice, and I hope Bro. McCa; 
little book may set us to thinking about this 

as some other things.* I trust the demand foi 
the book will continue, and that several editions 
may be speedily exhausted. W. B. Stover. 

Buhar, India, Nov. so. 



From North Dakota. 



Dakota, a 
been as pi 



ndings 



>w spent almost four months in North 
d I can truthfully say that they ha 
asantly spent as any I ever experienced 
en due partly to the work in which I 
mgaged, and partly to the pleasant 
and associations I have enjoyed while 
here. My work as a teacher is pleasant, no mattei 
where the field, yet it gives one new inspiration to 
work in a field where there is so much to be dons 
and so few to respond to the call. Such 
tion is always found in a new country. 

There is much to be done here in all department 
of labor, to make this country yield and develoj 
all the possibilities it contains. The country 
being settled quite rapidly, yet there is still roo 
for many more to come and help in the great woi 
of making it grow in prosperity and culture. 

There is a great field here for religious worker 
also. The Brethren are doing all they can and 
am impressed with their earnestness, ye 
so much to be done that it is impossib 
few workers to accomplish all. Our church form 
an important factor in the reli 
this community, and it is quite important that « 
look after her interests. It is always prudent t 
reap where the harvest is ready, and work whe 
there is a favorable interest manifest. In order t 
do this we must have more workers. What « 
need is more earnest, capable brethren to come t 
this country to lighten and assist in 
those who are already here. There is nothi 
hinder the prosperity of any one who. is will: 
work, and here is a large field in which to do 
ious work. Young people of ability can do no bettt 
than to go to a place where there is as much 
as there is at this place. Many churches 
East have more young people than they a 
ploy in their church work. Why could not sotnl 
of them come to a field where the harvest is grefl 
and the laborers are few? I trust more will cool 



labors 1 



January 9, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL MBSSE1TGEB. 



this country 

nest efforts, ai 

the Master's caus 



near future, and, by their 
lilding up a stronghold in 
is northern section of our 
Lillie Rover. 



Notes x from x our x Correspondents. 

B thirsty soul. 1 



Long, of Ab- 



Oakland Mills, Pa.— Bro. O. 
,0-ttstown, Pa , began laboring 
ipring, Dec. 5, and continued until the 16th. One 
oung man accepted Christ.— #. H.Jones, Dec. 28. 

Mer Church, W. Va.— Bro. Beahm came to us 
)ec. 25, and remained with us until the night of 
:he 27th, preaching, in all, five sermons, besides 
ief discourse on Sunday school work. 
Ne feel much revived.— CynthaJ. Kohle, Dec. 28. 

Ohio City, Ohio.— Bro. Jacob Heistand, of Hoag- 
n, Ohio, began a series of meetings at the Lichty 
:hoolhouse, Dec. 13. He preached each evening 
id on Sundays till the 29th. Five were made 
illing to walk in newness of life. Others were 
ought near the kingdom.— C. D. Miller, Dec. 29. 

Upper Stillwater Church, Ohio.— Bro. D. D. 
'ine commenced preaching on the evening of 
ec. 12, continuing till the evening of the 27th. 
e preached with such earnestness and power, that 
s sermons will not soon be forgotten. The inter- 
t was good.— L. L. Landis, Bradford, Ohio, Dec. 28. 
Tyner, Ind.— We enjoyed a series of meetings of 
:arly two weeks, at the Blissville church, in the 
ne Creek congregation, conducted by the home 
inisters. The members were reminded of their 
■ties. One returned to the fold and another 
omised to come in the near future.—/. G. Wagen- 
tn, Dec. 30. 

Adamsboro, Ind. — Our love feast was held Dec. 

. We had good attention and attendance. 
Irethren Jacob Fisher, Ervin Fisher, and W. S. 
ony were with us. Bro. Frank Lytle and wife 
rove twenty five miles to attend our Communion. 
[e has been a member for only two weeks.— E. C. 
•flly, Dec. 28. 

Bunkerhill, W. Va.— Bro. W. M. Wine, of Win- 
lester, Va., held some interesting meetings at 
unker Hill. He preached twelve sermons,— all to 
te point. Many intelligent men and women ac- 
aowledged that our brother proclaimed the Truth, 
'e have three applicants for baptism.—; John H. 
urner, Dec. 16. 

Duncansville Church, Pa.— On Saturday even- 
g, Dec. 26, we held a love feast in the Lamers- 
About forty members were seated at 
Among then 
Our elder, J. 
ly minister 
)ne week ago 
:h by bapt: 



ling of 



reach for 
ch good w 



year ago 



d he still 
first came 



: table 
mbers 
I the 

leeting. 



oldest 



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. Sell, officiated, 
esent. We had 
e received two st 
They enjoyed the 



love 



-D. S. Replogle, McKees Gap, Pa., Dec. 



Bible Normal.— The Octavia church, Nebi 

ast quarterly council, to hold a 1 
ng Feb. 15, and cl 



ded 



de- 



■ys' Bible Normal. 

S Feb. 25. A comprehensive course of Bible 
udy, suited to the needs of our ministers, dea- 
ps, Sunday school superintendents, teachers and 
We students in general, will be given, including 
W Testament geography, New Testament study, 
le geography of Palestine, etc. All who are inter- 
Bible Normal studies, in the adjoining 
furches, are cordially invited.—/. B. Moore. 

°lpe, Kans.— The Verdigris church has just 
osed a two weeks' series of meetings, conducted 
Br o. J. J. Yoder, of Monitor, McPherson Coun- 
Two were baptized and the church much built 
and edified. Bro. A. M. Dickey, of McPherson, 
i also present at several meetings. He is look- 
location where he can have church privi- 



Fredonia, Kans.— Bro. W'm. B. Sell, of th. 

ola church, moved here Dec. 9. On the eve 

Dec. 13 he commenced a series of meetings 

he continued until the evening of the 25th. He 

preached, in all, fifteen sermons. Dec. 26 he left 

for Row Valley, where he will preach for a few 

days. On his return home, he will 

on New Year's evening. We hope n 

be done.— Flora Darst, Dec. 28. 
Middle Mountain, Va.— A little 

Bro. Allen Calhoun first preached fo 

tinued to come every three week: 

preaches for us when he can. When 

there were scarcely any members her 

are ten members here. Bro. Calhoun needs some 

help in the work. His health is not good and he has 

a large field of labor. He and Bro. Beverage held a 

love feast here, recently. We had a soul-cheering 

meeting. Many here are near the kingdom.— yv. 

W. Handon. 

Four Mile Church, Ind.— Dec. 5, Bro. H. L Fade- 
ly began meetings at the Whitewater house, in the 
above-named church, and continued until Dec. 22, 
preaching, in all, twenty-five sermons, full of gos- 
pel truth. The members were greatly encouraged, 
one precious soul put on Christ in baptism, and 
others are almost persuaded. We had excellent in- 
terest and order during these meetings. We ex- 
pect Bro. Isaac Wike to conduct a series of meet- 
ings at the Cottage Grove house during January.— 
Clara A. Payton, Dec. 2j. 

Waddam's Grove, 111.— We have just closed an 
interesting and enjoyable series of meetings, which 
began Dec. 5, conducted by Bro. John Heckman, 
of Pine Creek, 111. He delivered thirty-two sermons, 
besides holding three children's meetings. As an 
immediate result, four were added to the fold and 
The weather was favorable, and the 
d interest good. The brethren and 
much encouraged by the earnest 
ur brother. Our Thanksgiving offer- 
ing was applied to the Asia Minor and General 
Mission Fund.— W. K. Moore, Nora, III., Jan. 1. 

Eel River Church, Ind.— Bro. I. J. Rosenberger 
came to our East house Nov. 13. and preached for 
us till Dec. 3. The meetings were well attended. 
Six were baptized and one was reclaimed. Others 
are near the church. Bro. W. R. Deeter came to 
our West house Dec. 8, and preached for us till 
Dec. 28. The meetings were well attended. Sev- 
en were baptized and many good impressions 
As a Thanksgiving offering we took up a collection 
for the meetinghouse in Washington, which result 
ed in S9.36. May God bless every effort for th 
spreading of the Gospel! — Samuel Leckrone, Norlh 
Manchester, 2nd. 

Spring Creek, Iowa.- 



one restored, 
attendance ai 



preaching of ( 



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gcs. Our 



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nary interest. Four were received by letter, 
nine letters were granted. Our great need now 
a house of worship.-/ M. Quakenbush, Dec. 29. 



David Eby, of Lena, 
le to us Dec. 5, and stayed till the 24th. 
[h none united with the church, the mem- 
re much built up and encouraged by his 
unsel. A number of the members of the 
li assisted during the meetings. 
Our council was held Dec. 8. All the business 
passed off in love and union. Brethren Harvey 
Gillam and Frank Wolfe were advanced to the sec- 
ond degree of the ministry. Bro. Harvey Gillam 
delivered a very instructive sermon on Christmas 
morning. After services a Christmas offering was 
taken for the poor. — Nellie G. Beaver, Fredericks- 
burg, Iowa, Dec. 26. 

Wayside Gleanings.— I have just returned from 
Circleville, Ohio, where I met with the members at 
their love feast, Dec. 24. Members from Frank- 
fort, Washington C. H„ and Jeffersonville, were al- 
so present. Ministering brethren were James H. 
May, Charles E. May, and Wiley Dolby. Eld. 
James H. May officiated. It was a feast to the 
soul, — one long to be remembered. The best of 
order prevailed. After the feast the Brethren be- 
gan a series of meetings, to continue until Jan. 5, 
1897. 1 left for home Dec. 28. These brethren are 
very judicious, and I hope much good may be done. 
A churchhouse is needed there very much. — ■/. C. 
Jones, Musselman, Ohio, Dec, jo. 



Middle Fork Church, Ind.-Our quarterly church 
meeting was held Dec. 31, 1896. One letter of 
membership was granted, and Sio 10 donated for 
the Washington City meetinghouse. There was al- 
so some other business done. The attendance was 
good and the work done seemed to be satisfactory 
to nearly all present. Bro. D. P Shiveiy had to 
close his meetings at New Hope, on account of 
hoarseness, but he will continue the meetings in 
February.- John E. Mitcger, Edna Mills, Ind., Jan. 2. 

Dry Fork, Mo.— Bro. Lemuel Hillery was with 
us over Christmas, and preached for us. He has 
preached every night since, and will continue dur- 
ing the week, if the weather permits. On Christ- 
mas a collection was taken up for the Orphans' 
Home in Smyrna. Five dollars was secured. On 
the way home, in the evening, our horse ran away, 
throwing out our mother and sister. The former 
received several bruises about the head and face, 

and the latter was hurt some, but not seriously. 

Leslie P. Dunning, Jasper, Mo., Dec. 28. 

Salem Church, Ohio— Our Bible school which 
had been in session since Dec. 19 closed on the 
29th. Quite a large class was organized, consisting 
of members and friends from different congrega- 
tions. Great interest was taken in the work, and a 
number of the class are earnestly considering the 
propriety of continuing it. Brethren E. S. Young 
and David Hollinger, who gave the instructions, 
did their work nobly. They have the thanks of the 
class and church. Each evening, sermons were 
preached on the "Life of Christ" On Christmas 
Day a good sermon was preached on the "Birth oj 
Christ." Bro. Samuel Horning commences a series 
of meetings at this place next Saturday evening, 
Jan. 2.— Jesse K. Brumbaugh, Union, Ohio, Dec. 31. 

New Haven, Conn.— I returned to New Haven 
to-day, after a five days' visit with parents and the 
Brethren of the Amwell church, New Jersey. The 
Brethren had been engaged in a two weeks' revival 
meeting and we continued the preaching services 
until last evening. The interest and attendance 
during the meeting were very good. Most of the 
preaching was very acceptably done by Bro. John 
C. Reiff, of Juniata College, with a few se 
Bro. F. F. Holsopple, of Parkerford, 
Brethren seem much revived and er 
Two souls made the good confession, a 
are seriously considering their soul's welfare. 
May the Lord bless the Brethren in their efforts to 
advance the kingdom of Christ!— Amos H. Haines, 
Dec. 28. 



by 

Pa. The 
ouraged. 



Conestoga Church, Pa.- 
met in quarterly council, 
hand, the whole day was oc 
tion being quite large and 
scattered, committees were 



Dec. 26 the Brethren 
Much work being on 
:upied. Our congrega- 
te membership much 
appointed to consider 



a well-filled house, 
made remain and 
! — Barbara Weaver, 



best methods of dividing the same. A committee 
was also appointed to take steps toward building a 
churchhouse in the southern part of our church. 
A collection was held for the churchhouse at Wash- 
ington, D. C. and also for one in Montgomery 
County. Dec. 5 Bro. Joseph Auker commenced a 
series of meetings at Eby's meetinghouse. He had 
good order and attention ai 
May the many good impress) 
bring forth fruit in its sea 
Groff's Store, Pa. 

Yoder Hill Church, Pa.— The Brethren here have 
completed a new meetinghouse, which was dedi- 
cated Nov. 1. Bro. C. C. Ellis, of Huntingdon, 
preached an excellent dedicatory sermon, after 
which a collection was taken, amounting to about 
$95. Bro. Joseph Long, of York, Pa., began a se- 
ries of meetings at Yoder Hill, Dec. 7, and closed 
Dec. 16, with five applicants for baptism. He 
preached, in all, eleven sermons, The meetings 
were continued by Bro. C. C. Ellis until Dec. 22. 
He preached six sermons at Yoder Hill and two 
at the Walnut Grove meetinghouse in the 
congregation. We hope the seed sown may 
find good soil, and yield fruit abundantly. Since 
our last report, six have been added to the church 
by baptism, and one reclaimed. — A. J. Strayer, Dec, 



30 



TKCE GOSPEL MESSEHSTG-IER.. 



Bethel Church, Md.-Bro. E. Brun- 
er, of Frederick City, began a series of 
meetings Dec. 14, preaching, in all, 
nine sermons. We had no additions, 
but, we think, some lasting impressions 
were made,— Clara R. Bowers, Harnty, 
Md., Dec. M. 

Hartford City, Ind. — Bro. Joseph 
Spitzer began a very interesting series 
of meetings Dec. 5. He preached, in 
all, twenty-seven sermons. The meet- 
ings were well altended, and many last- 
ing impressions were made. — Rosella 
Holcro/t, Dec. 28. 

Wabash, Ind. — Our Christmas serv- 
ices were conducted at the church by 
the home ministers, at 10: 30 A. M., 
and were enjoyed by all present. The 
young people kindly assisted in sing- 
ing. An interesting singing school is 
now in progress. — Kitlie Hunk, Dec. 27. 

Lower Deer Creek Church, Ind. — 
Bro. David Dilling, of Monticello, be- 
gan a series of meetings Dec. 8, and 
continued until Christmas Day. Six 
were added by baptism and two re- 
claimed. We had good congregations 
and good order. — A. Snoeberger, Dec. 2Q. 

Huntington, Ind.— Bro. H. H. Bral- 
lier, of Pierceton, Ind., came to us Dec. 
6, and labored till the 23rd. Two pre- 
cious souls were added to the church. 
Others are not far off. Our council 
was held Dec. 19. All business passed 
off harmoniously.— John H. Christian, 
Dec. 25. 

Buck Creek Church, Ind. — This 
church met in council Dec. 19. Since 
our last report two have been reclaimed 
and one baptized. We had a short se- 
ries of meetings by the home ministry. 
Much good was accomplished, though 
there were no accessions.—/. B. Wike, 
Mooreland, Ind., Dec. 22. 

Fort Scott, Eans. — Our quarterly 
council was held Dec. 19. The busi- 
ness that came before the meeting was 
disposed of in the fear of the Lord. 
Our elder, J. H. Neher, was with us and 
labored hard for the welfare of the 
church. Since our last council eight 
have been received into the church by 
baptism. The good work here is mov- 
ing along earnestly and quietly. — Mar)' 
E. Tisdalc, Dec. 26. 

Dorrance Church, Kans.— Bro. Hen- 
ry Brubaker, of Chase, Rice County, 
commenced preaching for us Dec. 5, 
and gave us, in all, eighteen instructive 
sermous. We had fine weather, moon- 
light nights, good roads and excellent 
Interest and attendance. There were 
no accessions, but some were almost 
persuaded. May the Lord bless the 
seed that it may bring a bountiful har- 
vest!— 7. A". Strole, Dec. 26. 

Canton, Ohio.— Arrangements have 
been completed to hold meetings reg- 
ularly in Canton each Sunday. The 
meetings will be held alternately morn- 
ing and evening. They will be held in 
the Bethel house on East Tuscarawas 
Street. Members having children or 
friends in the city will please inform 
them. We expect to have a series of 
meetings, beginning Jan. 10. Bro. 
Samuel Sprankle has promised to as- 
sist us at that time. Our meetings 
have been well attended, and a good 
interest is manifested, both by mem- 
bers and also the citizens ol Canton.— 
John F. Kahler, 1S21 East Tuscarawas 
St., Dec. 2S. 



Reid, Md. — We have just closed a 
very interesting series of meetings at 
the Long Meadow meetinghouse, con- 
ducted by Bro. Silas Hoover, who came 
to us Dec. 12, and preached the Word 
with power. Seventeen have united 
with the church, and others are seri- 
ously impressed. — John Rowland, Dec. 

Landessville Church, Ind.— Dec. 10 
Bro. Daniel Snell, of Sidney, Ind., be- 
gan ^preaching for us, closing on the 
27th. He gave us twenty-six instruct- 
ive sermons. One was reclaimed. Al- 
though there were no accessions by 
baptism, we feel that the meetings 
were a success.— D. B. Carber, Han- 
field. Ind. 

Rosedale, Kans.— The results of our 
meetings here are most glorious. So 
far eleven have been baptized and two 
wandering ones reclaimed. The meet- 
ings held by Eld. Glick were in dem- 
onstration of the Spirit and great pow- 
er. The results are inspiring. The ef- 
fect upon the church is joy unspeaka- 
ble. Bro. Glick goes from here to hold 

:hurch, in Parsons City.—/. L. Switzer. 

Pleasant Valley Church, Ind.— Sev- 
:ral weeks ago Bro. Moses Mishler 
ireached two sermons for us. At the 
lose of the forenoon meeting two 
nade application for church member- 
hip. May they prove faithful! On 
Christmas Day we were well enter- 
:d by brethren Edson Ulery and 
Harvey Schrock, who were chosen to 
ministry last September. They 
: been attending school at North 
Manchester for some time, but are now 
at home to spend their vacation.— C. 
Schrock. Middlcbwy, Ind., Dec. 26. 

Wolf Creek Church, Ohio.— We de- 
cided Dec. 3 to have a series of meet- 
ngs by the home ministers this year. 
We commenced Dec. 6, and continued 
until the 21st. Our elder, Bro. Jacob 
Garber, gave us two sermons, Bro. S. 
ning preached eight times, and 
G Erbaugh six times Our other 
chers also gave several sermons. 
Brethren Henry Eby and J. K. Brum- 
baugh favored us with a sermon also. 
We had fair interest. One precious 

ul named Christ in baptism. Our 

crease for the year is as follows: By 
baptism, eighteen; by letter, twenty- 
e. Our decrease: By letter, twen- 
ty-five; by death, nine; by expulsion, 

ree. Total increase in number, four. 

John Calvin Bright, Netv Lebanon. 
Ohio, Dec. 2$. 

Lower Deer Creek, Ind.— Bro. Jacob 
Fisher, of Mexico, Ind., came to us 
Oct. 16. and labored till the 25th. He 
ched eight soul-cheering sermons. 
Our church visit reported the i/th. 
All passed off pleasantly. We restored 
one dear sister to the fold and received 
one by baptism. Bro. Fisher presided 
over the meeting. Our love feast oc- 
curred Oct. 24. The ministerial aid 
was strong. Several of the members 
could not get to the table for want of 
room. Nov. 22 the writer baptized 
three dear sisters. Bro. David Dilling, 
of White County, came to us Dec. 8, 
and labored till the 25th, preaching, in 
all, twenty soul-cheering sermons. We 
received six by baptism and restored 
two to the fold. Others, we hope, are 
not far from the kingdom.— Benjamin 
Wray, Dec. 26; 



Chiques Church, Pa.— Dec. 1: 
J. H. Longenecker, of Palmyra, 
to us and preached sixteen 
the Fairview house. Three confessed 
Christ, while others are counting the 
cost. The saints were encouraged to 
still greater efforts. — P. C. Geib, Mas- 
tersomnlle, Pa., Die. 26. 



-MATR.MONIAL- 



WAGNER-MYERS.-At the home of the 
>ride's parents, liro. 1. L. Myers, in the Camp 
>eck church, 111., Dec. 20, 1896, by the under- 
jigned, Bro. Charles A. Wagner and sister Car- 
oline M. Myers, bwlh of Fandon, 111. 

S. S. Hummer, 
BARNS— TROSTLE.— At the home of the 
bride's parents. John Trostle, in the bounds of 
the Marsh Creek church, Pa., Dec. 24, 1896, by 
the undersigned, Bro. Levi Barns, of near 
Westminster, Md., and sister Sarah Matilda 
Trostle, of Adams County, Pa. 

C. L. Pfoutz. 
SHEARER — BEIVER. — At the home of 
the bride's father, Louis Beivcr, Dec. 24, 1S06, 
by M. E. Bachman, Howard Shearer and Katie 
Arabelle Beiver, both of Union Deposit, Pa. 
C. H. BalsbauGH, 



FALLEN + ASLEEP ... 



CADWALLADER. — Near Ludlow Falls, 
Ohio, Nov. 10. 1896, Nixon, son of the late Eld. 
John Cadwallader, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, aged 
70 years and 2 days. Deceased was bom near 
Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio. Services con- 
ducted by Eld. Jesse Stutsman, assisted by 
friend Enos Pemberton. Levi MlNNIpH. 

ROSBOROUGH. — At Loudonville, Ohio, 
Dec. 13, 1896, of scarlet fever, Ray Sylvannis, 
infant son of Wilbur and sister Hattie Rosbor- 
jugh, aged 1 year, 8 months and 14 days. He 
was buried on Monday afternoon at Bethesda 
Chapel. Services conducted by the writer. 
Arthurs. Workman. 
BALDWIN.— At Chicago, 111., Dec. 9, 1896, 
C. E. Baldwin, husband of sister Clara Bald- 
He was instantly killed at 10: 30 P M., 
: Root Street Crossing, by a Rock Island 
passenger train. The remains were taken to 
Mt. Morris for interment, where sister Bald- 
with her five little orphans, will make 
their future home. Services in the Chapel by 
I. Bennett Trout. W. R. Miller. 

MYERS. — At Greenmount, Rockingham 
Co., Va., Nov. 25, 1806, Bro. Christian Myers, 
aged 87 years, 1 month and 24 days. He was 
born Oct, 1, 1S09, in Shenandoah County, Va. 
was married to Mary Kline, March 24, 1830. 
is union was blessed with seven children, 
: of whom died in infancy; the remaining 
are all members. His wife preceded him 
the spirit land July 20, 1884. Bro. Myers 
ted with the church in 1861. He was re- 
markable for his temperate habits, and his tin- 
ning disposition. He lingered long at the 
portals of the unseen shore. He passed away 
it as quietly as he lived, and was laid to 
on Thanksgiving Day. His star went 
down in ihe evening twilight to rise in the 
n of ihe resurrection morn. Funeral serv- 
by brethren J. P. Zigler and Benj. Miller, 
from 2 Cor. 5: 6-8. D. Hays. 

BRUMBAUGH. — In the Solomon's Creek 
church, near New Paris, Ind., Dec. 16, 1896, of 
brain fever, Riley, son of Bro. John and sister 
Mary Brumbaugh, aged 13 years and 4 days. 
Little Riley was a regular Sunday school at- 
tendant. Funeral services by Bro. D. B. Gib- 
son, of Illinois, and the home ministers, from 
Heb. 9: 27. Mary C. Warstler. 

BOWSER. — In the Yellow Creek church. 
Bedford Co., Pa., Dec. 7, 1896, of cancer, sister 
Elizabeth, wife of Bro. John K. Bowser, aged 
54 years, 7 mouths and 25 days. She bore her 
suffering with much patience. She united with 
the Brethren church in her youth, and was 
faithful until death. She leaves a husband 
and two adopted children. Funeral services 
by brethren Samuel Ritchey, David A. Stayer 
and John S. Rush. Her remains were laid to 
rest in the Bethel graveyard. 

Harry Burket, 



the church. A large concoi 
friends were in attendan 
Services by elders I. B. Trc 



FIKE.-NearEglon, W. Va , Nov. 28, 
of diphtheria and diphlberettc croup, 
Elizabeth C. Fike, aged 33 years, 9 month 
IS days. She was the wife of Bro. Air 
Fike and daughter-in-law of Eld. Aarou Fik, 
She leaves a husband and four little daughter 
Funeral services at Maple Spring by Bro. G 6 
S. Arnold. 

FIKE.— In the same family, and of the s 

disease, Dec 2, 1896, Aaron Landis Fike, « 

I year, 2 months and 19 days. Funeral s 

ices at Maple Spring by Bro. Geo. S. Arnold, 

Rachel Weim 

WEAVER.— Near Wagstaff, Kans., Dec, 
1896, of dropsy of the heart, Abraham Weavt 
aged 6y years and 2 months. He was born ; 
Holmes County, Ohio. Three days before 1 
died he sent for the Brethren and was receivi 
into fellowship, 511 far as possible in his coin 
tion. Funeral services from I Sam. 28: 18. 
I. H. Crist. 

SHELLY. — In the Shannon congregate 
Carroll Co., III., sister Elizabeth, wife of Abr 
ham Shelly, aged 85 yea 
days. She united with the Brethren churt 
about sixty-five years ago, and lived a 
plary Christian lite, being very much attache 
to the cause of her Savior, and the interest 
se of relatives ai 
: at the funer 
t and H. Martin 
D. Rowland. 

MANN. — In the Solomon's Creek churc 
near Benton, Ind., Dec. 8, 1896, Bro. Frederic 
Mann, aged 80 years, 9 months and iS day 
He was born in Franklin County, Pa. He wj 
married to Elizabeth Toms, Aug. 1, 1839. 1 
this union were born twelve children, Six 
them, with the companion, preceded him. 1 
united with the Brethren about three years aj 
Funeral services by Bro. J, H. Warstler frc 
the words, " The living know that they mi 

e." Mary C. Warstler, 

BOLINGER— In the North Manchester cr 
gregation, Ind., Nov. 15, 1896, of diphlhcr 
Lulu, daughter of Bro. Henry and sister Ma 
etia Milliliter, aged 9 years and 10 days. 5 
was a patient little sufferer. Funeral servic 
by the writer, assisted by Bro. A. L. Wright. 
E. M. Com 

WAKEMAN.— At Mt Jackson, Va., Dec 

96, Lydia Catherine (//« Wilkin), wife of J. 
O. Wakeman, aged 41 years and 23 days, Sh 
was married Feb 27, 1S79. She leaves a d( 
voted husband and four children. She was 
member of the Brethren church about fiftei 
years, during which time she lived a devnti 
Christian. " ' B. W. NefF, 

GARN. — In the Salem congregation, Ind 
Dec. 8, 1896, of typhoid fever, Bro. Chides 
Garn, aged 34 years, 8 months and 28 day 
He leaves a wife and three little girls. A li 
tie boy preceded him two years ago. Funer 
services by Bro. J. V. Felthonse. 



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CHARLES.— In the White Oak church, Ho 
lowtown, Ohio, Dec. 12, 1896, sister Ha 
Charles, aged 77 years, 8 months and 11 
She lived a consistent Christian life for ; 
fifty-five years. Funeral services by the 
er from 2 Cor. 5: 1, B. S. Land* 

WILSON.— In the Deep Water church, Hei 
ry Co., Mo., Oct. 15, 1896, of diphtheria, Esti 
Florence, daughter ul friend Edwin am 
Maggie Wilson, aged 5 years and 17 day 
Funeral sermon from John 11: 25, by Bro. Ce 
Lentz. Lizzie Fahnest 

HOUGENDOUGLER.— In the Deep WaU 
church, Mo., of convulsions/Mary Jane.daiu; 
ter of brother and sister William Hougendoi 
ler, aged 3 years, 1 month and 8 days. Fune 
al services by Bro, John Hougendougler 
Brethren church. Li/zie Fahnest 

SHAVER— In the Greenmount church, Va 
Oct. 18, 1896, of heart failure, Bro. Samuel Sb) 
ver, aged 77 years and 1 day. He leave 
son and four daughters,— all members of it 
church. Services at the Greenmount churc 
by J. C, Myers from Heb. 9: 27. 

Jacoh A. Gar 

ROUDABUSH.-In the Greenmount churd 
Va., Nov. 9, 1896, of heart exhaustion, sis 
Rebecca F. Roudabush, aged 45 years, 
months and 1 day. She leaves a husband a 
four children,— three sons and one daughter,- 
to mourn their loss. Services at the Linvill 
Creek church, by J. C. Myers and the v 
from Matt. 24: 44. Jacob A, Garuek. 



January g, 18 



THE GOSPEL MESSE ISTO-HIR,. 



THOMPSON.— In the Jacob's Creek church, 
near Laurel vi lie, Pa., Dec. 21, 1806, sister Elis- 
abeth Thompson, aged 77 years. Funeral serv- 
ices by the writer fmm the words, " Weep not; 
she is not dead, but sleepeth." 

J. K. Eicher. 

WOODS.— At the home of his daughter, in 
Chicago, III., Dec. 15, 1896, John Woods, aged 
74 years, 4 months and 15 days. He was born 
near Salem, Va., July 30, 1822. Two years ago 
he received a severe paralytic stroke, from 



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his whole life. A short service was held in 
Chicago, and the body taken to Roanoke, 111., 
for interment. Mary Woods Hatfield. 

GLOCK.— In Black Log, Juniata Co,, Pa., 
Dec. 16, 1S96, Goldie, daughter of Bro. Christ. 
and sister Ada Glock, aged 2 years, 5 months 
and 3 days. Little Goldie, in some unaccount- 
able way, during the absence of her parents, 
set fire to her clothing. She was burned so 
badly that death followed in a few hours. Fu- 
neral services by the undersigned from Eccl. 
7: 17- John E. Garver. 

DILLING.-In the Clover Creek church, 
Pa., Dec. 6, 1896, sister Susan, wife of friend 
Isaac Dilling, aged 67 years, 4 months and 6 
days. She was an earnest Christian and loved 
by all who knew her. She was the mother of 
twelve children, of whom eight survive. Fu- 
neral services by Eld. Brice Sell from 1 Pet 
i:4,5- J. G. Mock. 

SHELLABERGER.— In the Mercer church 
Ohio, Nov. 16, 1896, of membranous croup, 
Franklin, son of Bro. J. J. Shellaberger, aged 
9 years, 9 months and 29 days. He was a 
bright young boy and loved by his associates. 
Funeral services by Peter A. Miller from Psa. 
16: 11, latter clause. Jno. Shellaiiekger, 

WEDDLE. - In the Spring River church, 
Mo., Dec. 3, 1896, infant son of Bro. Henry and 
sister Mahala Weddle. 

WEDDLE. — In the same family, Dec. 
1S96, infant daughter, aged 12 days. Servic 
by the writer. J. K. Shively. 

HOOVER.— In the Coquille Valley church, 
Oregon, Dec. 13, 1896, Lucius Lestei 
Bro. Willis and sister Artha Hoover, aged 3 
months and 23 days. Funeral services by Bro. 
Thomas Barklow. Sarah A. VanDyke. 

HOLSOPPLE.— In the Prairie View church, 
Mo., Dec. 10, 1896, infant son of Hiram L. and 
Sallie Holsopple, aged 1 month and 9 days. 
Funeral services by Bro. David Bowman, from 
Mark 10; 14. Bertha Kring. 

FOCKLER.— Near Canton, Ohio, Oct. 29, 
1896, Jonathan Fockler, aged 81 years, 2 
months and 27 days. Deceased was born near 
Harrisburg, Pa. He was married to Mary Bar- 
nette, Aug. 12, 1839. Their union was blessed 
with nine sons and three daughters. Five sons 
preceded their father. His wife is still living. 
Deceased was a consistent member of the 
Brethren church for about twenty years, and 
lived a devoted life. Funeral services by the 
writer. . John F. Kahler. 

SHATTO— In the Lower Cumberland cc 
gregation, Pa., Dec. 22, 1896, Bro. Samuel Sbat- 
to, husband of Elisabeth Shatto, aged 88 yea 
2 months and I day. He was a member of the 
church for fifty-five years, and for a number of 
years the oldest brother in the congrcgati 
J. B. Garv 

STRAYER.— In the Johnstc 
tion, Pa., Nov. 7, 1S96, by accide: 
road, Ira, son of Mr. Aaron ai 
Strayer, aged about 14 years. Funeral serv- 
ices by Bro. G. S. Rairigh. A. J. Strayer. 

SHIMER.— Near Tocsin, Ind., Dec.21, 1896, 
of typhoid fever, Oliva Florence, daughter of 
Bro. Ober and Susanna Shimer, aged 14 years, 
S months and 20 days. She leaves father, 
mother, eight sisters and two brothers. Two 
sisters and one brother preceded her. Funer- 
al services by the writer from Heb. 13: 14, as- 
sisted by Mr. Smith. H. J. Beagle. 

NI HART.— In the Pleas; 
Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 17, ._,_ 
tion, sister Mary Anne, daughter of Bro. David 
Nihart, aged 18 years, 3 months and 6 days. 
She joined the Brethren church in October, 
1895. and was a faithful member until her 
death. Funeral services at the Pleasant Val- 
ley church, by Eld. C. Schrock, from Zech, 14; 
?■ L, E. Weaver, I 



STONER.— Near Canton, Ohio, Dec, 8, 
Johnny Oriel Stoncr, aged 5 years, 6 mc 
and 3 days. John F. Kahle 

SHATTO.— In the Lower Cumberland 
gregation, Pa., Dec. 14, 1806, Elisabeth Shatto, 
aged 75 years and 22 days. J. B. Garv 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

POETIC Y.— 

rin Ministration »l the Spirit."— a Cor. 
I i, c H:,,,i,m. ; ol i!.c Abyssioians. By G. J. 

Ihe Preacher's Bed. By John Calvin Bn B 
■ Btokeri Cisterns '■- Je. a-. 13. By Clam 

Lessen Ltuht-Flnsl.es 

IHE VOUNU PEOPLEr- 

Circlc Notes. By James M. NcH. 

^lr» Irum the l'liii:>Ku Mi-s.nu. B> 1.,/, 



^EDITORIAL + MISCELLANY^ 



The government in India is doing much to re- 
lieve the suffering of the people, brought about by 
the famine. As many as 750,000 persons are receiv- 
ing aid. The distress would have been still great- 
er, had it not been for the rains of November and 
December, and another rain the first week in Janu- 
ary. To this suffering must yet be added the great 
plague that is almost depopulating the City of Bom- 
bay. Thousands of people have died, and still 
more have fled from the city for safety, until 
not more than half of the population remains. It 
is said that the weekly mortality is two hundred per 
thousand, and that more shops are closed than are 
opened in the native quarter. In many parts of 
India an army of workers are employed to relieve 
the afflicted and starving. Neither the famine nor 
the plague is likely to become general, but the suf- 
ferings they are producing are appalling. The gov- 
ernment is doing its utmost to reach the people 
with such assistance as they may need, and it is not 
likely that outside aid will be called for. 



While famines are prevailing in Turkey and in 
India, our attention has been recalled to the terrible 
famine which devastated China some twenty years 
ago. At that time millions died of want, especially 
m the interior provinces. A recent letter from Mr. 
Davis, of Jen Ts'un, Shansi, speaks of some re- 
minders of that terrible disaster that are now to be 
seen near them. In a village near Fen cho-fu there 
still stands a large number of trees, dead, and entire- 
ly stripped of bark. The inhabitants of the village, 
after exhausting all ordinary supplies of food, 



stripped these trees and ground the hark, subse- 
quently dying of starvation, leaving not a single 
survivor to own the lands or the houses. There is 
much good land in that vicinity to which no one 
lays claim, the owners and all their relatives hav- 
ing perished; the villages are still standing, without 
a single inhabitant. Mr. Davis says that to the few 
Christians at Jen Ts'un who retain the traditions of 
this famine, he stated the case of the sufferers in 
Turkey, and they instantly made a contribution to 
be sent to these Armenians; one person giving one- 
fifth of a month's wages, others an eighth, and an- 
other a tenth. This surely indicates a good spirit 
among the Chinese. — Missionary Herald. 



is looked upon as the weaker 
vessel, still it seems that her chances for long life 
are much better than those of the man. The North 
Aptertcan Review has collected some facts along 
this line that prove interesting reading. A group 
ot people, cited by one of the most careful and 
least credulous of the numerous English authors of 
works on the subject, shows that out of sixty-six 
persons who were a hundred years old and upward, 
there were forty-three women to twenty-three men. 
A census of centenarians, taken in France in 1895, 
gives two hundred and thirteen persons of one hun- 
dred years and over, of whom one hundred and for- 



ty-: 






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oldest was a woman who had just died at one hun- 
dred and fifty in a village of the department of 
Haute Garonne. Nearly all of the centenarians be- 
longed to the lowest ranks of life. In London, the 
census of 1891 shows twenty-one centenarians, five 
men to sixteen women. Our census of 1890 gives 
3,981 persons of one hundred years of age, or over, 
of whom 1,3138 were men and 2,583 women. Of 
course the disproportion is not always so great as 
this, but it seems to be a well-established fact that 
the preference in the race for longevity. 



The Independent (New York) for January 7, con- 
tains an unusual amount of valuable information 
concerning nearly forty different denominations in 
the United States. There are thirty-seven well- 
written articles, prepared by as many writers, each 
one being selected to write up the doings of his 
people for the year just closed. The articles are 
well worth reading and preserving. This is a 
yearly feature of the Independent that is highly ap- 
preciated, and enables its readers to keep posted 
on the religious movements and growth in all parts 
of the country. Since each denomination is repre- 
sented by a man of that faith, there can be no ques- 
tion about the fairness of the reports published. 
It is interesting to study some of the statistics. Of 
the Baptists there are thirteen branches and 4,152,- 
857 members. The Catholics are divided into six 
branches, and number 8,287,048. The number of 
Disciples is reported to be 1,003,672. There are 
nineteen branches of Lutherans and 1,420,905 com- 
municants. The Methodists, with their seventeen 
branches, number 5,652,289. Of the Presbyterians, 
there are twelve branches and 1,460,346 members. 
The Episcopalians number 645,566. These are a 
few of the larger denominations. The whole num- 
ber foots up 25,424,333. Of these there are a little 
over eight millions of Catholics, or about one-third. 
It will thus be seen that in the United States the 
Protestants outnumber the Catholics about two to 



The French are experts in undertaking to do 
things that others do not think about. It is re- 
ported that a Frenchman is trying to compel his 
bees to make medicated honey. He keeps them 
under glass, and gives them only flowers that pos- 
sess the properties desired in the honey. In this 
way he obtains different kinds of honey, suited to 
coughs, colds, etc. The story is probably not 
worth much, but it reminds us of the churches 
that are seeking what they call the "Bread of 
Life," flavored to order. They are willing to pay 
the preacher, who can give them just what they 
want,— a big price,— and will keep him just as long 
as he can produce the spiritual food that will draw 
the people. While we have our doubts concerning 
the Frenchman's scheme, we have none respecting 
the possibility of securing preachers who can flavor 
the Word, as they call it, to suit the wants of 
those who pay the bills. It is what may be de- 
nominated the medicated Gospel. 



Millions of people in the over-crowded parts of 
Europe and Asia might find excellent homes in the 
great Amazon Valley of South America, were prop- 
er inducements held out and the country rightly 
opened up for settlers. It is probably the second 
Mississippi Valley of the world, with advantages, 
so far as nature is concerned, almost equal to those 
found in our country. The Amazon is the largest 
river in the world, and capable of floating the 
largest vessels made. The valley contains not far 
from 800,000 square miles, with a vast tropical re- 
gion, practically undeveloped. Here is room for 
millions upon millions of people, and, as the popu- 
lation of the world increases, much of the surplus 
may settle in this extensive territory, and still not 
occupy it all. What work there is yet to do in this 
world! Here are great plains yet to be peopled, 
thousands of cities to build, and all the people 
who are to occupy them ought to be educated, 
Christianized, and developed. There is no use for 
the Christian worker to think of taking a rest when 
there is so much to be done. The harvest is in- 
creasing, but where are the laborers! 



In this issue Bro. Fercken tells us of the Abyssin- 
ians, among whom Christianity was probably intro- 
duced by the eunuch, whom Philip baptized, and 
sent on his way rejoicing. Among the strange 
things to be found in Abyssinia are a number of 
churches hewn from the solid rock. In one city 
six may be found. Portions of the mountains were 
hewn away, leaving large blocks attached to the 
mountain only at the base or one side. These 
blocks were made the shape of a church, some of 
them having pillars and porticoes. The inside was 
then worked out, with windows, doors, pulpits, etc. 
The walls are from six to eight feet thick, and ev- 
erything was finished up in good shape. They were 
completed about six hundred years ago, and it. is 
recorded that it took five hundred workmen twen- 
ty-three years to complete the task. Within, the 
buildings are said to be in a fine state of preserva- 
tion, but the exteriors have suffered not only from 
the weather, but from the hands of those who have 
no regard for anything that pertains to Christiani- 
ty. These are probably the most solidly built 
churches in the world, and they are most assuredly 
founded upon the rock, and will stand the force of 
the wind, rain and floods. Were we equally careful 
in building up churches in all parts of the land, we 
would have congregations that would not only stand 
the test of time, but they would be in a condition to 
defy the fiery darts of the evil one, 



THE GOSPEL MESSErtSTQ-IEI^. 



January 16, 1897. 



-^BSSAYS;^ 



'Study to itiow thyself approved u 



IN REMEMBRANCR. 



Mv 



i the cup n( so 
rnitas 1 will. 



And, I 
l!n- l-r. .11 h of the myrrh and aloes 

Clings to its sharp edge still; 
tut if ever I fain would leave it 

With the hitter drugs unquaffed, 
esus, I try to remember 

Thine was a harder draft! 



My path is beset with briars; 

They tear my lagging feet; 
Dark arc the ways I wander. 

Cruel the foes I meet; 
Hut if ever I fain would linger. 

Then comes that Face divine 
Jesus, I try to remember 

A wearier road was thine! 



My< 






nds to the very bone; 
But if to the top of Calvary 
I needs must climb alone, 
When the soul that I would have died for 

Turns, ice and stone, from me, 
Savior of all, I remember 
A world rejected Thee! 

—Ave Afai 



•THE MINISTRATION OF THE SPIRIT.' 



In Nine Parts. —Part 3 — The Coming of the Comforter. 
" It is expedient for you that I go away." — John 16: 7. 
Jesus says, " If I depart I will send him unto you. 
If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto 
you. It is expedient lor you that I go away. I tell 
you the truth." John 16: 7. It seems as if this lan- 
guage was chosen that it might not be misunder- 
stood. " Nevertheless I tell you the truth,"— as if 
sometimes he failed to tell the truth? No, as if to 
remind them that, among truths you forget, don't 
forget this one. 

May 24, when the Annual Meeting was assem- 
bled at Ottawa, on Pentecost Day, we had for our 
lesson here the second- chapter of the Acts, with 
comments. As the Holy Spirit came down on Pen- 
tecost Day, how fitting a time for our Annual Meet- 
ing! How much the Spirit's presence is desired! 

After the marvelous results of the descent of the 
Spirit, manifest on that first Pentecost Day, Peter 
is called on to explain. He regards the matter as 
of God, definitely arranged. They, the Christians, 
had come together that morning early, for one pur- 
pose. Acts 2: 1. They were waiting for the prom- 
ise of the Father, before they went out from Jerusa- 
lem to evangelize the world. Luke 24: 49. The 
time, known from the beginning, had fully come, 
" the morrow after the sabbath," the wave-sheaf day 
(Lev. 23: 11-16) had witnessed the resurrection, the 
" seven sabbaths," when the new offering should be 
made ( Num. 28: 26 to 29: 6), had been counted; the 
Christ had been ten days gone. He had left a 
promise to send the Comforter (John 15: 26); the 
day was fully come (Acts 2: i), on time, to those 
waiting; now comes the Holy Ghost. As we call 
Christmas the birthday of Christ, may not Pente- 
cost be called the birthday of the Spirit? 

The people were all amazed. Acts 2: 12. The 
question did not long remain whether these men 
were full of new wine (Acts 2: 13), but at once 
turned to what to do to receive the same gift of the 
Holy Ghost. Peter, with calm insight into the di- 
vine plan, said, "The promise is unto you, and to 
your children, and to all that are afar off, even as 
many as the Lord our God shall call." Acts 2: 39. 
It seems to me that perhaps Peter was urging the 
people not to think that the wonderful gift was for 
himself and a few others only. "The promise is 
unto you," he said, " and to your children." This 
means not the hearers only, but unborn nations are 
included,—" and to all that are afar off." Amen — 
that means the heathen and all the rest of us. 

■' Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" 
(Acts 2; 38), on the condition that ye "repent and 
be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the re- 



mission of your sins." Are the remission of sins 
and the gift of the Holy Ghost apostolic institu- 
tions? Are these promises intended only for the 
apostles? I have not so learned of the Lord. On 
the other hand, the promise is to the " unborn " and 
the » far off." 

Considering the promise, shall we regard the de- 
scent of the Holy Spirit as upon individuals, the 
power to pass away with the individuals, or upon 
the church, to remain with and in the church during 
the age (John 14: 16), "with power according to 
thespi-itof holiness"? Rom. 1:4. I rather think 
that Peter held the latter opinion: "The promise is 
unto you (men who were not then of the number), 
and to your children, and to them that are afar off." 
Paul believed with Peter, " Ye are the temple of 
God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you." 1 Cor. 
3: 16. Is not "the church, which is his body" 
(Eph. 1: 23), "fitly framed" (Eph. 2: 21) and 
"builded together for an habitation of God through 
the Spirit"? Eph. 2:22. Then the church is the 
body, and Christ is the head of the body. Eph. 2: 
20. The Spirit's place is in the body. What a sad 
sight is a body without a spirit! One such is dead 
and only awaits a burial. 

Is the Holy Spirit the life-power of the church? 
Is the Holy Spirit the moving power of the church? 
Is the church the Spirit's continual abiding place? 
It rather seems to me that this is the divine plan, 
that the New Testament directs our faith in this 



It has occurred to me that all who are in truth, 
according to Christ, identified with the body of 
Christ, do have the gift of the Spirit. Baptized 
to the Spirit, what less shall we expect? But a 
is possible for a man to become hungry, with food 
near at hand, he not knowing the food is there, is 
it not possible for one having the Spirit, not to 
know that he has it, and, therefore, to act as if he 
did not have it? 

If the church is the body of Christ, how high is 
our position in Christ? I am a part of his body, and 
his Spirit dwelleth in me. Once he occupied one 
body like mine; now he is the head of ten thousand 
bodies like mine. Once his Spirit dwelt in the 
flesh of one body, now that same Spirit dwells in 
ten thousand different bodies of like flesh! What 
shall we say, then? Is the child of God a Christ 
with the power of Christ? Let the Scriptures an- 
swer the question. The body of the child of God 
is a holy temple of God (1 Cor. 3: 17), and unto 
everyone is " given grace according to the gift of 
Christ" (Eph. 4: 7), "to every man the measure of 
faith" (Rom. 12: 3). 

Is not this, then, the secret of holiness,— God 
the Spirit within me imagining God the Son with- 
out? Is not this, then, the death-knell to my sin- 
ning,— I am dead, have been buried, am alive again 
in the Spirit? Outside the kingdom I know noth- 
ing, for I dwell in the kingdom. Who can be 
mean, remembering that his life is only in the 
Spirit? Out of the Spirit he is a fish out of water. 
Who can be else but noble and god, when he re- 
members that Christ has so much confidence in 
him as to entrust him with his Spirit, to sign his 
prayers, to do his burden-bearing, to carry on the 
work, to glorify the Father, aye, that he regards 
this better than to keep his Spirit in his own first 
body of the flesh! 

Bulsar, India. 

THE BAPTISM OF THE ABYSS1NIANS. 

BY G. j. FERCKEN. 

The recent war between the Abyssinians and the 
Italians, in which the latter were so humiliatingly 
discomfited, induces us to say something about 
the religion of the victors, known also as the Ethi- 
opians, and whose Negus, or Emperor, is now the 
much-heard-of Menelik, who pretends to be a de- 
scendant of King Solomon and of Balkis, Queen 
of Sheba. 

Vain attempts have been made to Romanize 
the Abyssinians. Missionaries were first sent thith- 
er by Popes Nicholas IV ( 1288-92) and John XXII 
(1316-34); and by later Popes down to Gregory 



XVI (1831-46) who started in 1838, a vigorous mis 
sion, which, for a while, was most promising; but 
in 1854 the missionaries were driven from the coun- 
try, and the work has not since been resumed. Nor 
have Protestant missions been any more success- 
ful. Bishop Gobat and Kugler (1826), Isenberg 
( 1835) and others worked there heroically, but in 
1843 reluctantly abandoned the field. In 1888 Rus- 
sia sent a missionary expedition into Abyssinia, 
It remains to be seen if the Greek church will do 
any better. 

The persecution of the Protestant Missionaries, 
Flack, Myers, Waldmeyer, and other?, by King 
Theodore, and the war, which the latter waged with 
England in 1866-67, are worth being known by stu- 
dents of history and friends of foreign missions. 

The religion of the Abyssinians, although Chris- 
tian, exhibits a curious admixture of essential- 
ly Jewish ideas, all of which probably shows that 
the Abyssinians had early contact with Juda- 
ism, perhaps as far back as Solomon's time. Jews 
are very numerous there now, and are known as 
the Falashas. They are industrious, orderly and 
noted for skill in masonry. They know nothing of 
Hebrew, their language being Geez (Ethiopic), in 
which they have a translation of the Old Testament 
and its Apocrypha. Their religious practices are 
like the Jews, except that they do not observe the 
Feast of Purim and the dedication of the Temple. 
They also add many superstitions, and offer 
prayers and sacrifices for the dead. They number 
about 100,000. 

Christianity was introduced in Abyssinia about 
the middle of the fourth century, and founded by 
the Syrian Frumentius, who, with his brother 
/Edesius, had been a prisoner at the Abyssinian 
court at Auxumis (modern Axum). Released aft- 
er a time, he went to Alexandria, where he was 
consecrated bishop by Anathasius, and sent back 
to Christianize the Abyssinians. He received the 
title Abuna {our father) and Abba Salama {father 
of peace) which are still used by his successors. On 
his return he baptized the King, his brother and 
other subjects. 

The Abyssinians have never been liberated from 
the Mosaic law through faith in Jesus Christ. 
They practice circumcision, and, like our modern 
Sabbatarians, observe the Jewish Sabbath instead 
of the " first day of the week;" they establish dis- 
tinction between clean and unclean foods, and 
practice the Levirate. The Bible is in Ethiopic now 
a dead language, and is read about by priests who 
commonly cannot translate the text. It includes 
the Apocrypha and several pseudepigrapha. It 
may be said in their favor that they reject ex- 
treme unction, transubstantiation, purgatory, cru- 
cifixes and image- worship. Secular priests can 
marry once, monks never! They have 180 festivals 
and 200 fast days. 

We will now proceed to describe the manner in 
which the rite of baptism is administered. The 
form is taken from the Ethiopian liturgy, as it was 
translated in Latin, in Rome, in the year 1548, by 
the Catholic priest, Petrus Tesfa Sion. 

Baptism is, according to the Abyssinian church, 
a means of pardon and regeneration, the opus oper- 
atum of the Romanists. When the candidates are 
brought to the water the priest says, " O Lord, 
write the names of thy servants in the Book of 
Life and make them to be numbered among the 
sheep of thy flock." Then, turning the candidates 
toward the East, the priest removes their clothes 
and ordering them to lift up their right hand (to 
swear presumably) orders them to say: "I re- 
thee, O Satan, with all thy pomps and 
rks! " Then, confessing their faith, they add, 
believe in thee, O Christ, my God, and in thy 
law (?) which saves!" Then follows the Lord's 
Prayer and the reading of the following Scripture 
passages, Psalms 32, 68, 113; Titus 2, 8; I John 5: 
5-13; Acts 8: 26-39; John 3: 1-21, 

After the reading of these passages, the water 
is blessed in the name of the Trinity by the pour- 
ing (in the shape of a cross) of the chrism or con- 
secrated oil; then the candidate is immersed three 
times with the words of the commission, the whole 



January i6, 1897. 



TX3IE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



35 



formula being repeated before each immersion! The 
Holy Spirit is then supposed to be given by three 
insufflations of the priest upon the candidates, with 
the sacred words of our Savior Christ: "Receive 
ye the Holy Ghost." 

Those who are baptized must be clad in white 
and wear a cloak of crimson red in token of their 
salvation, purchased by the blood of Christ. They 
receive a crown of myrrh and palm branches. 
Thus crowned, they are introduced into the church 
where they must immediately receive the "holy 
mystery" of the Eucharist. 

AH these forms and formulas, entirely dispos- 
sessed of the simplicity ot primitive Christianity, 
and of the spirituality of the early Christians, im- 
press us with a certain medievalism impregnated 
with Judaism and paganism, whose pattons are 
Mary, the Virgin, John the Baptist, Michael, Ga- 
briel, Quiricus, Gregory, Theodore, and other saints, 
known and unknown. 

The German translator of the Abyssinian litur- 
gy, Ernst Frumpp, remarks that " baptism is al- 
ways considered as being more valid when admin- 
istered to adults, although it is also, exceptionally, 
administered to children who have sponsors. The 
Ethiopian liturgy has no special form for the bap- 
tism of children, but mentions a special 'blessing 
of infants' (puerpera)." 

We are willing to trust history and believe that 
Frumentius introduced Christianity into Ethiopia. 
But why not go beyond the fourth century, and 
believe also that Christianity and the true mode of 
baptism (which this corrupt church has preserved 
until this day) were introduced by the eunuch of 
Queen Candace, who was baptized by Philip? Sure- 
ly by trine immersion was this Ethiopian treasurer 
and chamberlain baptized, and to him, we trust, the 
Abyssinian church traces back to-day, her trine 
form of baptism. This is our humble opinion, our 
" pious belief" upon the subject, leaving it to more 
learned brethren to throw further light upon this 
important question. I wonder, sometimes, if mis- 
sionaries of our Brotherhood, sent to that far coun- 
try, would not receive a better welcome than Cath- 
olics, Greeks and Protestants, because of this one 
fundamental principle of our faith which we, with 
the Abyssinians, hold in common? Let us wait 
and see, waiting God's own time and believing 
that " all things are possible with him." 

Smyrna, Asia Minor. 



THE STUNDISTS IN RUSSIA. 



The following concerning the Stundists, a relig- 
ious body of people in Russia, will prove interest- 
ing reading. These are the people said to resem- 
ble the Brethren in some particulars. Coming 
from the Greek Church, some errors still cling to 
them. Were they favored with better teachers, 
they might be induced to follow the way of the 
Lord more perfectly. It will be observed that they 
stand greatly in need of a more perfect knowledge 
of the purposes of the ordinances set forth in the 
New Testament. It is to be devoutly hoped that 
they may be led to accept the whole Gospel at no 
distant day. The information here given may be 
found in a small work by Dr. Herman Dalton, who 
has spent nearly a generation in Russia, and has 
also traveled much in search of information con- 
cerning this and other religious bodies. In Rus- 
sia the Stundists are very numerous, industrious 
and prosperous, and have been much persecuted of 
late. 

" The Stundist movement developed from Bible- 
reading among the German colonists in Russia. 
These originally, more than a generation ago, ob- 
served a religious 'hour' (Stunde), and the effect 
of their growth in religious life was not lost upon 
eighbors. These gradually began 



to hold ■ 






rid opened 



U P to them through their Scripture stud: 
true that the head of the family at such meetings 
could not go down deeply into the text; but 
enough was learned to transform the whole spirit 
and life of the participants. In particular did their 
morals improve. The whiskey-bottle soon disap- 



peared; the irregular, lazy life, so commonly led by 
the Russian subject, became a thing of the past. 
The Stundists soon learned that there was no 
Scriptural ground for believing in the multitude of 
saints, taught by the orthodox church, and with the 
faith in these there disappeared also the observ- 
ance of the countless saint-days which, for the Rus- 
sian peasant, end generally in a day of drunken- 
ness. The Stundists labored diligently and sober- 
ly for six days, but observed the Lord's Day in a 
purely religious manner. In a noticeable degree, 
these people, as a result of their better habits, 
prospered in this world's goods. Their family life, 
too, was deepened. Those who together studied 
the Word were firmly united by the bonds of good 
feeling, and their family life became such as a 
model Christianity would demand. A person who 
has attended the religious meetings of the Stun- 
dists, can not but be amazed at the extent of re- 
ligious knowledge here displayed by common and 
uncultured peasants. They are genuine students 
of God's Word, and, according to their light, live 
up to the precepts of this Word. These are the 
characteristics distinguishing the Stundist Russian 
peasant from his orthodox neighbor. 

"This remarkable change could not long remain 
a secret. The news spread from village to village, 
and with it also the establishment ot the Stundist 
meetings. Peasants became evangelists, and trav- 
eling preachers, bringing the Scriptures and intro- 
ducing their study in every section of the depart- 
ment. Even young men and maidens rapidly de- 
veloped into Stundist teachers. Soon a number of 
departments were honey-combed with this agita- 

" Originally it was not the intention of the Stun- 
dists to leave the orthodox church. It was their 
purpose to constitute a reforming element within 
this communion. This, however, they were not 
permitted to realize. In the beginning it was their 
custom, when they met with passages of the Scrip- 
tures that they could not understand, to go to their 
' popes,' or priests, for light. Owing to the ig- 
norance of these religious leaders, such light was 
never forthcoming, but, on the contrary, the popes 
began to look with disfavor upon the whole move- 
ment. This antagonism came to be a hatred when 
the Stundists developed their opposition to the 
saints' images that constitute such an all-important 
part in the Russian services and forms of worship. 
It was only natural that the chasm between the 
Stundist members of a village congregation and 
the pope, together with the old, orthodox mem- 
bers, should become greater and greater, and the 
state of affairs became acute. Yet the Stundists 
did everything to avoid a rupture, but soon be- 
came the objects of bitter persecutions. Only 
then did the movement become one of pronounced 
religious dissent. 

" Being expelled from the organized church, the 
Stundists have sought to effect an organization of 
their own after the model of the Apostolic church. 
They have appointed no priests over themselves. 
The conduct of their congregations and the man- 
agement of their meetings are in the hands of lay- 
elders, who also take charge of baptism, funerals 
marriages, and the like. As is done in other priest- 
less sects, the Sacraments are not emphasized as 
this is the case elsewhere. The Stundists do not, 
as a principle, reject the Sacraments, but only do 
not, in a practical way, observe them as this is done 
in the Christian churches in general. The old- 
fashioned Stundists, — for there also are sections 
that have developed more radical traits, — still re- 
tain infant baptism. At the regular Sunday ser- 
vices there is found on the table, beside the Bible, 
also a flask of wine and some bread, which the eld- 
ers distribute among those present in the spirit of 
a love feast. By the side of the elders they have, 
according to apostolic precedent, also their dea- 
cons. Both officials are nothing but 'brethren.' 
They receive no pay and are chosen only because 
of their zeal and wisdom. The form of worship is 
that of the original 'Stunde,' consisting in Bible- 
reading and interpretation, singing and prayer, and 
exhortation, The meetings are generally held in 



the homes of the elders, as there are no special Stun- 
dist houses of worship. In case the assemblage is 
large, a barn is used for these services. The Stun- 
dist movement has already produced quite a de- 
votional literature, especially hymn books, in which 
are found also translations of some of the Moody 
and Sankey songs.— Translated for the IMerary Di- 
gest. ^___^____ 

FROM THE PACIFIC COAST. 



KER. 



Number Two. 
did not reach Denver in time, on Sunday 
,g, for Sunday school, or to hear Dr. Warren, 
of Park University, preach, as we had hoped to do. 
A break in the motive power caused a delay of 
several hours, and furnished us an opportunity to 
study the various characters of travelers. We tried 
not to forget that others were studying us, as well. 

We noticed that those whose homes were in Den- 
ver, and who had been away for a long time, were 
the most anxious to move on. I thought there was 
both room and need of greater anxiety to move 
forward in the footsteps of Christ, among his pro- 
fessed followers. If our willingness to labor and 
wait were equal to the power that draws, our prog- 
ress would be greater. The power on which we 
rely, is unfailing, and we shall surely reach the gol- 
den city on time, if we trust and stay by the train. 

Some talked of a shorter route and a faster train, 
but none could be found. Some even got off in 
search of a better way but, like those who abandon 
the ship on life's journey heavenward, were doomed 
to disappointment. 

Entering the " City of the Plains," we soon found 
comfortable quarters. At 4 P. M. we attended a 
Y. M. C. A. service, and at 7 o'clock a service in 
the Trinity M. E. church. The pastor, Dr. Cobern, 
answered some fourteen questions, from the ques- 
tion drawer, — points that were raised against Chris- 
tianity and the Bible as the Word of God. They 
were interesting questions, and were ably answered 
with one or two exceptions, viz.. The practice of 
advancement in lodges and promotions in the ar- 
my were given as examples in favor of taking in 
members on probation. I suppose this may have 
had some weight with those who endorse lodges 
and carnal warfare, but we think Christianity ought 
to look higher for authority. 

This church contains the largest pipe organ in 
America. This, with an orchestra of nearly a hun- 
dred voices, made some good music, but we 
thought it a useless expenditure of money, as this 
organ, etc., cost more than fifty ordinary nouses of 
worship, which are so much needed in many places. 

After services we had the pleasure of meeting 
Bro. Joseph Brubaker, of Longmont, Colo., and 
Bro. Charles Weaver, a former Mt. Morris student, 
but now attending medical college in Denver. 
They called at our hotel next morning, and a few 
hours were spent most pleasantly. From them we 
learned of the Denver mission and regretted much 
that we had not done so in time, to spend Sunday 
with the workers. The mission has thirty-two 
members, with brethren Long and Larick as minis- 
ters. The work is carried on in a schoolhouse on 
the west side. Like many of our missions in cities, 
it needs help in its struggle against fashion, secre- 
cy, and the evils common to great cities. 

Denver is a fine city of 125,000. The buildings 
are mostly brick or stone, the streets are wide and 
clean, and the people full of business push. It has 
seven smelting furnaces, the smoke of which dark- 
ens the sky for many miles ; 
cline in silver, the gold min 
tensively, and many tons of < 

to 01,000 per ton, are shoveled into the furnaces 
daily. The rock containing the precious metal is 
mostly shipped to the furnaces as it is dug from 
the mines. It is then crushed, sorted and labeled, 
according to value. All but the samples is then 
ipread in great layers one upon another, until the 
nass contains thousands of tons. Other substan- 
ces are often mixed to aid in separating the gold 
from the rock. It is then ready to be carted and 



d. Since the de- 
: worked most ex- 
running from S50 



56 



THE GOSPEL IMIESSiEIlSrCjEiR,. 



January 16, 1897. 



shoveled into the long row of red-hot channels 
which open into the furnaces below. Going down 
we see the less valuable metals wheeled away in 
great kettles and poured from one to another, the 
more valuable always settling to the bottom, until 
most of the foreign substances are removed. At 
another place, we see men with ladles dipping 
from holes, in sides of the furnaces, the gold, and 
silver, and lead, and moulding it into great bars, to 
be shipped where the refining process is continued, 
until it is ready for the mint. 

From our visit to the furnaces we glean a few in- 
teresting facts. 

1. The gold and silver, in their natural state, cov- 
ered and mixed with earth and rubbish, are of no 
value. They must be separated from the earth, 
crushed and refined in the furnace before using. 
Christians are compared to gold and must also be 
refined before they are "vessels fit for the M 
tcr's use," and, like gold, all have some dross 
them that needs removing, and the oftener they 
are tried, the more yielding they become. 

2. Some ore is rich in gold and silver, but cannot 
be refined unless properly prepared and mixed for 
the furnace. Truth must be given to the hearer, 
well prepared, and mixed in digestible quantities, 
to be effectual. 

3. Looking at the lon^ row of ore samples, the 
inexperienced is greatly deceived. Some of the 
most sparkling contain the least gold, and we 
were reminded of the adage, "All is not gold that 
glitters." So among men. Beneath a dark skin 
and a tattered robe are found some of the bright- 
est gems of character that will glitter among the 
stars in glory. 

4. Men endure great fatigue and hazard their 
lives for gold. So did Jesus for us, and so ought 
we to do for the souls that are lost in the rubbish 
uf sin. 

The Grant furnace has a flue 352 feet high,— 
said to be the highest known. The Capitol build- 
iug is of Colorado granite. Seven years have al- 
ready been spent in building, and it is still unfin- 
ished. From its dome, 400 feet high, we had a fine 
view of the city, the great Colorado plains and the 
mountains that lift their snowy tops heavenward 
about twenty miles to the West, 

We were kindly entertained Monday night at 
the home of friend Caylor and sister Caylor. The 
latter is a niece of Eld. E. W. Stoner, and came to 
Denver for her health. While she is not at all 
well, yet she is much better than she would likely 
be in any other climate. Denver has an altitude of 
more than 6,ooo feet, and while high altitudes are 
conducive to good health, yet it is only for some 
persons and within certain limits. Spiritually, the 
higher we go the purer air and more perfect the 
soul's health, and this is for all,— without limit. 
Seeing that Denver has its full share of wicked- 
ness, we were impressed with the thought that get- 
ting up in the world does not exempt from evil nor 
secure spiritual elevation. 

Dec. 1 found us in route for Colorado Springs. 
Amanda Arnold, daughter of Bro. John Forney, 
now deceased, met us at the depot. She is a short- 
hand writer in Denver, and has two sisters in the 
city. All were once with the church, but are now 
in the embrace of popular religion. Oh! when will 
the cities be given to God, as in Paul's day, that 
those who go there for homes and business may 
find fewer excuses for worldliness? 

As we went on our way, the mountain view to 
the right was beautiful. We passed the camp of 
the State Regulars,— now almost deserted, to qui- 
et the strike and riot at Leadville. At the left lay 
the beautiful Palmer Lake and summer resort. 
Here we saw ice, six inches thick, while it was 
warm enough in midday to do without overcoat. 
The coasting on the lake was fine, and the many 
home-like cottages around it make it an inviting 
resort for the pleasure-seeker. 

Colorado Springs is a town of 20,000, six miles 
from the base of Pike's Peak. Here is a hotel, 
erected at a cost of one and a half million, which 
is frequently filled at high rates. Sportsmen and 
pleasure-seekers are willing to pay well for enter- 






ed! A greater 



price, 



tainment. At this we wor 
how fleeting is the enjoy: 
wonder is, why so few art 
or even accept, without money 
the pleasures that are enduring! 

Both steam and electric cars run to the base of 
the Peak, and, had we not misunderstood the agent 
as to time, we could have had a free ride. Misun- 
derstandings, with reference to the true course in 
life, will cost the traveler infinitely more. We were 
glad to go even when it cost something. It is of- 
ten said that we " enjoy best what we pay most for." 
This is true spiritually. Then, why not make great 
sacrifices for the cause of true Christianity? 

In our next we shall speak of Manatou and our 
ride over the mountains. 

HOW TO PROMOTE ACTIVITY AMONO THE LAITY. 

BY JOHN E. MOHLER. 

Tins is usually considered the minister's work, 
and it seems to be about his very hardest task. 
Different methods may be practicable in different 
places. I have observed the following plans car- 
ried out with most excellent failures. If you can 
follow them, wi h success, you are unusually tal- 
ented; but if not, their mere mention may suggest 
other methods. 



1. Let at least one minister or one deacon always 
speak on every topic, although the intelligent laity 
outnumber them ten to one, and cannot have the 

2. Accept timidity to speak, on the part of the 
laity, as evidence they have nothing important to 
say. 

3. Seldom urge the sisters to speak, so that 
everybody will be startled when one does at- 
tempt it. 

4. In short, do the main work at council-meet- 
ings among the officials, so that the members will 



1. Speak in your choicest language, and with 
your greatest eloquence, so that lay-members will 
feel ashamed in following you with a talk. 

2. Make long talks, so that sensitive members, 
who are really prepared to speak, will feel the 
time may be fully occupied without them. 

3. " Improve " the thoughts, presented by halting 
members, in such a way as to make them feel they 
are not qualified to speak. 



r. Never call upon a lay-member to help in ser- 
vices, such as leading in singing or prayer. 

2. If you do, let it be so seldom as to make 
them feel conspicuous. 

3. Call upon only certain of the most talented, 
strong in the faith, so that others may not ex- 
pect it. 

4. Open meetings five or ten minutes late, so 
that the members will think the services are not 
very important. 

5. Let the ministry not decide among themselves 
who shall preach, until after they are all in the pul- 
pit, so the members can catch the spirit of shirking 
responsibility. 

6. Tell the members you are not "prepared" to 
speak, so they will be greatly interested. 

7. Do not preach on missions frequently, else the 
members will either be offended, or catch the spir- 
it of missions. In either event you are hitting the 
devil hard. 



Do not find work for the 
Satan will attend to that. 
Warrensburg, Mo. 



lay-, 



do. 



"IF ALL THE WORLD WERE DUNKERS.' 

MILLER. 



The other day I heard the caption of this article 
used in a friendly way, by one not a member of the 
church, and he followed it up with the statement 



that all human progress would come to a standstill. 
This is hardly correct, and would not be allowed 
by those who are most familiar with the subject. 
But there would be some very marked changes in 
the world's make-up. Some of them I will en- 
deavor to outline here if "all the world were Dunk- 
There would not be a drunkard in the land, for 
there would be neither distillery nor brewery. At 
least three-fourths of the crime that now curses 
the earth would be wanting a parentage in the 
lack of a liquor trade. There would not be a court 
or a lawyer on the earth, for the reason that there 
would be no legislation outside of the Book for a 
legal fraternity to squabble over. There would be 
no jails and none to fill them if they existed. Not 
a soldier would be found anywhere, and it would 
be as safe in the heart of the city as in the field, 
for there would be no slums and no dangerous ele- 
ment to fear. Not a policeman, a court of magis- 
trates, or a person needing restraint for crime 
would be seen anywhere. 

Not a beggar would be on the street corners, and 
no child would cry for food or need shoes in cold 
weather. There would not be an idler in all the 
earth, and poverty would be only a relative term. 
Neither murder nor crime would fill the pages of 
our periodicals and not a lock on a door would be 
needed, for there would be none to steal. 

These are a few of the things that would be if 
"all the world were Dunkers." 



THE PREACHER'S BED. 



BY JOHN CALVIN BRIGHT. 

Dear brethren and sisters, you can not be too 
particular in having a good warm bed for the 
preacher when he abides with you over night. He 
is warm and perhaps sweating, and his clothing 
damp. Now don't put him into a cold room and 
into a cold bed. It is reported that a certain min- 
ister caught a severe cold in that way, went home 
and died in a few days. 

Warm up His Bed. — Take a couple bricks or 
smoothing irons and heat them well, wrap them up 
and lay them in the bed when you start to meet- 
ing, if you know the preacher is coming along. 
Then, when ready to retire, place them at his feet. 
The writer spent four weeks in the coldest of Janu- 
ary, in churches where he was cared for after this 
manner, and, though delicate, caught no cold. He 
remembers of spending one night somewhere in a 
cold bed, with enough wraps to nearly smother 
him, yet it was the beginning of a severe cold. 

In the first case the elder had instructed his flock 
how to care for the preacher, and though their 
worldly portion was somewhat limited, they did 
well. In the second place they were only thought- 
less. A hint to the wise is sufficient. 

New Lebanon, Ohio, 



MILK, MEAT AND MEDICINE. 



God's Word contains milk, meat and medicine 
for the soul. Each of these has its own proper 
use. Each is adapted to a particular spiritual con- 
dition. 

Milk, as a food element, is especially adapted to 
babes, so with spiritual milk. " As newborn babes 
desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may 
grow thereby." I Pet. 2: 2. The " sincere milk of 
the Word," then, is the proper food for babes in 
Christ, — those recently born into the kingdom. 
Those who continue as babes, because they have 
failed to grow in grace, must still be fed upon 
milk, for " solid food is for full-grown men." Heb. 
5: 14 (Revised Version). 

Animals which fail to grow up as they become 
older, are called " runts." It is surprising how 
many Christian runts there are. Paul, in address- 
ing some of his Corinthian brethren, who were of 
this class, says that he could not speak unto them 
as unto spiritual, but as unto babes. He further 



[ January i6, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL rMTESSZEHSTQ-IEZEt. 



37 



says: " I have fed you with milk and not with meat; 
for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither now 
are ye able." I Cor. 3: I, a. Paul was a wise mas- 
ter of Christian hygiene, and knew that those weak 
stomachs could not digest Gospel meat. 

We ministers are sometimes reminded "not to 
place the fodder too high in the rack, lest the 
lambs be unable to reach it." This is all right in 
a sense. But it would be well to remember that 
lambs should develop into full-grown sheep, and a 
little reaching upward will be good for their health, 
and encourage their growth in that direction. I 
believe we often get simply milk from a good 
brother's sermon, when we might get meat, if we 
were ready for it. 

Now about the medicine. The prophet asks: 
"Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physi- 
cian there?" We are glad to say to the sick, de- 
formed, unclean soul (and whose soul is not more 
or less unclean?) that there is indeed a balm and a 
sure and tried Physician. How many can testify 
to his heating virtue? We have seen those, al 
leprous and sore with sin, made clean, whole, heal 
thy and happy. This is Christ's miracle of heal 



ingi 



McPherson, Kans. 



'BROKEN C1STERNS.'*-Jer. : 

BY CLARA 



[This 



ed last fall.— Ed 



tionally delayed. It should have ap> 



The prophet Jeremiah says that God expostu 
lated with Israel in these words, " For my people 
have committed two evils; they have forsaken me 
the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out 
cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." 

How necessary it is for those who have to de 
pend on cistern water, to keep th< 
good repair! In some localities, springs 
are not found, and the fall rains and the melting 
snows of winter are required to fill the cisterns, 
order to furnish an ample supply of water during 
the droughts of summer. 

During our Communion seasons it would bi 
if all our churches could be so refreshed by copi- 
ous draughts from the Fountain of Living Waters, 
that, during the series of meetings, which gener- 
ally follow, they might help to swell the member- 
ship of the church with precious, redeemed souls. 
If all would work harmoniously together, it would 
leave no break in the cistern for anything to leak 
out and be lost. Each congregation 
bly would have an abundance of the living water 
from the Great Fountain. Many out of Christ 
would then say: " The law of the wise is a fountain 
of life to depart from the snares of death." Prov. 



The woman of Samaria said unto Jesus, "Sir, 
give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come 
hither to draw." Jesus answered, "Whosoever 
drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall 
never thirst, but the water that I shall give him 
shall be in him a well of water springing up into 
everlasting life." John 4: 14- " Bless ye God in the 
congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain 
of Israel." Ps. 28: 26. 

Middle town, Pa. 



—QUERISTS' * DEPARTMENT x- 



Mow 's it the earth moves, it being stationary? How cf 
^>e round when it has four corners? Job 26: 7; 38: 1-7; 42: 
' Chron. 16: 30; Rev. 7; 1. David Mille 



The 



.rthi 



; stationary only as it relates to itself, 
but as it is related to the heavenly bodies it has 
two movements, one on its own axis and the other 
around the sun. By four corners of the earth are 
probably meant the four leading divisions,— Eu- 
rope, Asia, Africa and America —though the latter 
was unknown to the historians in Bible times. 

Please explain John 12:31: "Now is the judgment of this 
world: now shall the prinre of this world be cast dut." 

Ai.iif.rt J, Johnson. 



All who rejected the Truth were counted as 
belonging to the world, and the sinners before Je- 
sus, at the time, represented the world that was then 
under the control of the Prince of this world, or 
Satan. The time had arrived for judgment, by the 
Word, to begin in the world, and for Satan to be 
cast out of the hearts of sinners, or by the Word of 
the Lord to be expelled from the seat of his power 
in their hearts. This began in force at the resur- 
rection, and will be consummated when Satan is 
bound and cast into the bottomless pit. 

When did single immersion, with the backward action, be- 
gin? Please state where the proof can be found. 

A. Lewis, 

Single immersion, by the forward action, was first 
introduced by Eunomius, about A. D. 360. The 
backward action first came into use among the 
English Baptists, not far from the year A. D. 1522. 
Send a few stamps to the General Missionary and 
Tract Committee, Mt. Morris, for " Origin of Single 
Immersion," and "Trine Immersion Traced to the 
Apostles." Those tracts will give all the needed 
proof concerning the origin of single immersion, 
and the backward action. 

Should a minister become so earnest while preaching, as to 
pound his desk, Bible, or table with his fist, so as to even 
frighten little children? C. J. L. 

Most assuredly not. Any preacher, having formed 
such an unbecoming habit, ought to be reminded 
of it, and if he is the right kind of a man hi 
will thank you for it, and endeavor to get rid of th 
practice. In fact, ministers should avoid, in the 
pulpit, any habit that is unbecoming a minister 
and others ought to assist them. 

How do you harmonize Matt. 1 and Luke 3, relating to the 
genealogy of Christ? D. C. Wrav. 

It is quite commonly presumed that Matthe 
gives Joseph's side, while Luke gives Mary's sid 
The Heli, of Luke 3: 23, is regarded as the father < 
Mary, hence the father-in-law of Joseph, and fc 
that reason Joseph is called his son. There ai 
other apparent discrepancies, but the one e: 
plained is probably the one referred to in th 
query. 

Explain 2 Cor. 6; r4, where we are told to be not unequally 
yoked together with unbelievers. Not unequally is what we 
do not understand. J, W. Shivelv. 

The Christian and the unbeliever are not equal. 
One belongs to the kingdom of God, and the other 
to the kingdom of Satan. One is an heir of God, 
and the other is an heir of hell. One is in a saved 
state, while the other is in a state of condemna- 
tion. One is on the narrow road, and the other on 
the broad. They are not of une mind, nor of one 
purpose. In no sense is the unbeliever equal to 
the saint. They should not be bound, or yoked, to- 
gether, for how shall two walk together except 
they be agreed, except they be as one! Let the 
sinner be yoked with the sinner, and the saint with 
the saint. By this Paul means to teach that the 
saint should not be bound up with sinners in world- 
ly institutions that are contrary to the Scriptures. 



^-THE t 5UNDAY * SCHOOL^ 



LESSON LIOHT- FLASHES. 
The Lame Man Healed.— Acts 3: 1-16. 

{Lesson for Jan. s 4 , 1807.) 

In this lesson the important characters are Peter, 
John and the lame man. The occasion was that 
of prayer. The two named first were going to the 
temple, that they might ask of God the things they 
eeded, and the lame man was placed where he 
light ask of those who were going to worship. 
The time was the ninth hour, or, by our reckoning, 
of time, three o'clock in the afternoon. 

The narrative is an interesting one, and one of the 
ssons we want to learn from it, is, what made it 
1, Events don't happen ; they are made, They 



are as we make them, or help to do so, .and to do, 
we must put ourselves in the right relation to 
things. The place and the time have much to do 
with our doing of things Peter and John were in 
line with their calling. Had they been loafing on 
the street corners, gossiping in the barber shops, or 
on their way to see the last horse or farm they had 
purchased, Luke would never have recorded the 
story of the lame man being healed. They were 
going to the house of prayer. Their mission was a 
good one, because it is a safe place to go. It is not 
only a safe place to go, but it should be a delight- 
ful place to all of us because we are always needy 
and we have the assurance that here is the store- 
house from which our blessings come. Often we 
lose a great deal because of not being at the right 
place. If we expect to get things in this world, we 
must go where they are to be found, and if we ex- 
pect to receive richly from God, we should fill our 
places at the family altar, in the prayer meeting, 
the Sunday school, and at the regular church ser- 
vices. Not only should we do this on special oc- 
casions, but all the time. We sing, 

" At all our meetings here below, 



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This good we need, and we cannot afford to miss 
being there. 

These men were going to the temple, and at the 
right time. It was the hour of prayer. In those 
days they had stated times for prayer, in the morn- 
ing, at noon, and in the evening. That we may re- 
ceive all the good, we must be at the place at the 
the right time. They went up at that time, at the 
hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. When we 
thus go, at the right time, we shall never be disap- 
pointed, — some good will always fall into our path- 
way, or an opportunity of giving of that which we 



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pursued by 

the friends of the needy,— they took him, the lame 
man, daily, and laid him at the gate Beautiful, 
that he might receive alms of the people. This 
was the gate most frequented by worshipers, and 
therefore it was the very best place they could have 
laid him. The time, also was opportune,— the hour 
of prayer. It was a time when their hearts were 
subdued by the spirit of religion, and, therefore, 
open to be touched with the pleas of the needy. 
They, themselves, were going to God, to plead for 
the spiritual food and, therefore, cou'd be the more 
readily impressed with the wants of the physical. 
As these friends took the lame man to the best 
place, at the best time, so must we do, in trying to 
do good to others. Our mission is to get the spir- 
itually lame, blind and halt, into relation with the 
power that can help them. Place and time has 
much to do with saving the world. The gate Beau- 
tiful stands in front of the Sunday school, the 
prayer meeting and the public preaching. 

As far as possible, we should try to induce peo- 
ple to go to the places where the best possible op- 
portunities are afforded to receive. These friends 
carried this lame man there daily. How much ef- 
fort are we willing to make to get the unsaved to 
the places where salvation may reach them? 

Next we notice what these men had to give. 
"Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have 
give I thee." We are all disposed to give, — to do 
something, but the trouble is, we so often feel that 
we have nothing, and there is nothing that we can 
do. What shall we do about it? Just do as Peter 
did. He had no silver, no gold,— the very thing 
the man most wanted, but he gave to him that 
which he had to give, and that which, to the lame 
man, was worth a thousand times more than silver 
and gold, — the healing of his disease and restoring 
him to health. He was thus enabled to go with 
them into the temple, walking, leaping, and prais- 
ing God. 

While we may not always have silver and gold, 
nor be able to heal physical diseases, we may all, 
in the name of Jesus Christ, give a kindly look, 
speak a kind word, give a cup of cold water to the 
thirsty, and point sin-sick souls to the Lamb of 
God that taketh away the sin* of the world. 



THE GOSPEL IMIIESSIEIlSra-IEIR,. 



-?-THE » VOUNO » PEOPLE*- 

OUR MISSIONARY READING CIRCLE. 
Course of Reading. 

I IIINI I I-:. Ml. 

" Llle ol A. Jud.oi.." cloth, r, cent.; paper It C 

"NoDinell Proiemr." dolh, .'...'. >3 ■ 

"HinclMOl MImIop,," cloth, H< cent.: paper 34 c 

"Tho Seven Uwi ol TcbcIiIdk," cloth 6* c 

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SOME DAY. 

SOME day the silver lining 
Of clouds which darkle now 

We'll sec ihen cease repining; 
Oh, heart, be patient thou; 

For then our loads will lighten. 
For us the music play, 

And all the skies will brighten 



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Some day our hearts will gladden, 

I' or words we've longed to hear 
From lips whose silence madden, 

Shall fall upon our ear. 
It may be while Occenibcr, 

Or happy, leafy May, 
God knows! But we'll remember 

That sweet day! 

Some day the struggle over, 

The battles lost or won, 
The earth our couch and cover, 

The weary journey done. 
Our souls shall cease their fretting 

And soar up far away, 
The ills of life forgetting, 

CIRCLE NOTES. 

BY JAMBS M. NEFP. 



Bro. R. E. Bukgek. of Ccrrogordo, III., writes: 
" I have just completed the first year's course of 
reading of Our Missionary Reading Circle. It has 
instilled into me much more of a missionary spirit. 
I feel confident if we could get all the members in 
the Brotherhood to read and study the course, our 
Missionary Committee would receive plenty of 
money to carry on the great work of the church,— 
that of saving souls. I shall expect to take up the 
second year's work shortly." 

Bro. Burger is one of our young ministers who 
has taken up the Circle course as one of the means 
of better qualifying himself for the great work 
which the Lord has put upon him. We are glad to 
note that the work is giving him a new missionary 
inspiration. None need the missionary spirit more 
than our ministers, and none are in a better posi- 
tion to impart it to others. 

And right on this point, of the good our young 
ministers may receive from pursuing the Circle 
course of reading, Bro. S. N. McCann writes from 
Louisville, Ky., where he is pursuing a course of 
study in the Bible school at that place, as follows: 



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ling, as prescribed by 
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the list of books, as prescribed by the Circle, will help us to 
realize what missionary work means, what it requires, both at 
borne and abroad, and, most of all, its great need 

Every young member in the church ought to read those 
hooks, and especially every young minister We can EM 
many suggestions that will help us to be hetter and truer work- 
ers (or Christ by reading them. 



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Bro. Phillips is another of our ministers who is not 
afraid of getting too much of the missionary spirit. 
He sends stamps for a number of circulars which 
he intends to distribute on his missionary tours, 
and otherwise manifests an interest in the growth 
of the Circle. 

Writing from New Market, Md., where he is en- 
gaged in the Lord's work, Bro. S. F. Sanger speaks 
of an opening he has found for the establishment 
of a local Circle, and suggests the name of a sister 
there to act as Local Secretary. How much the 
work of the Circle would be facilitated if all our 
evangelists would manifest this much interest in it 
and do this much for it, which, it seems to us, they 
could do in many places and at many times almost 
without trying. Bro. Sanger closes by saying: "I 
believe the Circle is doing a good work, and I feel 
to encourage it wherever I can do so." 

NOTES FROM THE CHICAGO MISSION. 



—How gladly we welcome the sunlight and blue 
sky, after a week of cloudy, misty, rainy weather,— 
a week, too, rife with despondency and discourage- 
ment in the lives of those whose trust is not stayed 
on God. The disappointed, the unfortunate, and 
even the millionaire, "remember their days" and 
rashly break the thread of life. Truly, life is long 
to the wretched, but what to the happy? Thanks 
be to God, who gives peace and happiness to his 
own! Satan would, doubtless, as soon accomplish 
his ends through discouragement as in any other 
way. - He who was a man after God's own heart, 
and yet sinned grievously, said, " I called upon the 
Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me 
in a large place." May we not wait for the hour of 
distress, but, rather, may we not be satisfied with 
the narrow place, and daily feast upon God's Word, 
the riches of his provision, that we may be " set in 
a large place " now. " He brought me to the ban- 
queting house, and his banner over me was love." 
May this banner ever float over us, and rally around 
us the forces of God as our protection. Through 
Christ we triumph. 

—Last evening we had our love feast, and we be- 
lieve it was a feast of love. Bro. Simon Yundt, of 
Mt. Morri;, our present elder, was with us, 

—The brethren and sisters of Monticello and 
Burnett's Creek, Ind., gladdened many hearts at 
Christmas time by sending of the fruits of their 
labor. This time we gave many dinners, sending 
the contents out in baskets, to a number of poor 
families, besides giving a dinner at the cottage to a 
class of children not otherwise reached. This was 
the day after Christmas. All things being ready, 
the children being assembled for our regular after- 
noon meeting, we first enjoyed a season of song 
service and prayer before going to the table. 
Then, as each table, in turn, was served, the chil- 
dren waiting entertained themselves with a lot of 
beautiful scrap-books, prepared and sent by the 
children of the Sisters' Sewing Society, of Mt. Mor- 
ris, 111 We had a good time. Many little heads 
and, we trust, hearts, bowed in thankfulness to our 
Kind Father, as we surrounded the table spread 
with his bounty. While we served the children, 
noting their uncultured manners and occasional 
rude, though innocent remarks, showing the want 
of home training, we were reminded of the lives of 
little Carol and the Ruggles family, so beautifully, 
though somewhat amusingly, pictured in a little 
book entitled, " Bird's Christmas Carol." The old 
years, fraught with memories, die, one after an- 



January 16, 1897. 

other, and the new years, bright with hopes, are 
born to take their place, but the kind hearts who 
thus brighten the Christmas season with their labor 
and sacrifice, will live in the hearts of many little 

— A public school teacher in South Dakota is im- 
planting the missionary spirit in the minds and 
hearts of her children. A Sunday school teacher 
in Kansas gave her class money last spring to buy 
seed to plant. A family of children planted and 
tended seven rows of corn. Two little girls tended 
and raised chickens. Some other children denied 
themselves of their usual Christmas treat. From 
all of these little workers have come contributions 
for the Lord's work. May God bless and multiply 
the little missionaries, till we have a great army of 
workers for him. 

— At Plymouth, Ind., they have an evergreen 
Sunday school. Every Sunday school worker 
should consider it no task, nor even a duty, to car- 
ry on the Sunday school work during the winter 
season, but a grand and happy privilege. If the 
way is not open, make the way. Why should not 
the Sunday school demand the early morning hour 
as well as the public school? 

— Many pieces of beautiful clothing for the poor 
have been sent in during the past month, — clothing 
that shows sacrifice of money and labor. 

— Now that Christmas, with its loaves and fishes, 
is in the past, we ask all donors, as well as all of 
God's children, to unite in praying for a rich, spirit- 
ual blessing upon the work in this city. We expect 
to begin a series of meetings here Jan. 17. Will 
not all unite with us to pray for an outpouring 
of the Holy Spirit? We need more Pentecostal 
days. May there not be such all over the Brother- 
hood? " If we ask anything according to his will, 
he heareth us." 

660 South Ashland Ave., Chicago^ 111. 

SHE CONSIDERED THE LILY. 

At a teachers' convention in Detroit, a lady, 
speaking about the influence of beautiful objects 
upon the character and conduct of young pupils, 



d by her from an eye- 
lich took place in 



told a pretty story 
witness of the 
New York. 

Into a school made up chiefly of children from 
the slums, the teacher one day carried a beautiful 
calla lily. Of course the children gathered about 
the pure, waxy blossom in great delight. 

One of them was a little girl, a waif of the 
streets, who had no care bestowed upon her, as 
was evinced by the dirty, ragged condition she 
was always in. Not only was her clothing dread- 
fully soiled, but her face and hands seemed totally 
unacquainted with soap and water. As this little 
one drew near the lovely flower, she suddenly 
turned and ran away down the stairs and out of 
the building. In a few minutes she returned with 
her hands washed perfectly clean, and pushed her 
way up to the flower, where she stood and ad- 
mired it with intense satisfaction. 

It would seem that when the child saw the lily in 
its white purity, she suddenly realized that she was 
not fit to come into its atmosphere, and the little 
thing fled away to make herself suitable for such 
companionship. Did not this have an elevating, 
refining effect on the child? Let us gather all the 
beauty we can into the school-room! 

From this we may learn the importance of young 
people.'as well as older ones, keeping themselves 
in a condition to favorably impress others. 



When the wife of Sir Bartle Frere had to meet 
at the railway station, she took with her a 
ho had never seen his master. 'You 
must go and look for Sir Bartle,' she ordered. 
' But,' answered the nonplussed servant, 'how shall 
I know him?' ' O,' said Lady Frere, 'look for a 
tall gentleman helping somebody.' The descrip- 
tion was sufficient for the quick-witted man. He 
went and found Sir Bartle Frere helping an old 
lady out of a railway carriage, and knew him at 
once by the description." 



General Missionary * Tract Department 




TIEEJ GOSPEL MHSSEITQ-EK,. 



MOTTO FOR THE YEAR. — "Upon the first 
day of the week let every one of you lay by film in 
stove, 08 God hath prospered hint." — J Cor. Id; 2. 



MISSION RECEIPTS FOR DECEMBER, 1896. 

Should there be any amount sent in during the mtrnih th.it is 
not herein acknowledged, please notify the Secretary immedi- 
ately, giving amount, date of sending, and how sent. Correc- 
tions for this month, if any, will appear in connection with next 
month's report. Usually, amounts mailed after the 28th of a 
month appear in the following month's report. 



Indiana.— Sophia Wolf, New Waverly, $1; Turkey 
Creek church, S7.50; total s 8 50 

California,— Sister A. Reese, Sanger, S3; B. Riely, 
Tropico, 85; total 8 00 

Pennsylvania. — A sister, Harleysville, Ji; a brother 
and sister, Waynesboro, §5; Mary Kinsey, New Paris, 

Ohio.— Elizabeth N. Barb, Oakfield, 25 cents; J. S. 
Barb, 20 cents; Mary A. Watts, Nomerville, 50 cents; 

Lafayette church, S6; total 6 95 

Missouri. — Mineral Creek church, S3; Wakanda 

church, S3. 50; total, 6 50 

Michigan.— "Hew Haven church, 6 30 

Iowa. — Galva church, 50 cents; Franklin County Sun- 
day school, 83 cents; an old brother in the Lord, Harlan, 

$2.87; Elizabeth Switzer, Iowa City, $1; total, S 20 

Illinois.—]. C. Lahman, Mt. Morns, S3; a brother, Mt. 

Morris, $1 ; Zerue Roland, Polo, Si ; total, 5 00 

Virginia. — J. A. and M. A. Trout and family, Thax- 
lon, St; Ida A. Garber, New Market, 50 cents; two sis- 
ters, Timberville, Si; total,.. 2 50 

Maryland. — Manor church, 1 80 

Kansas, — Emma Tatloch, Tescott, 75 

North Dakota.— Margaret J. and DelUe Lee Wil- 
liams, Portland 50 

Total, $50 00 



Indiana.— Union church, Si 20; Martin Hoke, Hunt- 
ington, Si. 20; Alexander Miller, Wakarusa, $6; S. D. 
and Lina Stoner, Ladoga, $15; S. N. Replogle, Hagers- 
town, S3; J. B. Colclesser, Huntington, $1.20; A. C. 
Kindig, Middlebury, S3; Frank Fisher, Mexico, $3; 
Jos. Leedy, Andrews, S12; E. M. Crouch, North Man- 
chester, $4.50; J. A. Cline, Markle, $6; Mrs. Ann Cline, 
Markle,S3; Newton Wolf, Somerset, Si 50; Levi Flora, 
Chili, Si. 50; Sarah Painter, Springport, S10; George W. 
Painter, Springport, $10; E. G, Butterbaugh, North 
Manchester, $1.50; total $ 

Ohio,— Silas Weidman, Burbank, J1.20; Jos. Etier, 
Dayton, $21.40; S, W. Blocher, Greenville, S3.60; Jacob 
Leckrone, Chalfants, Si. So; Jno. Marshall, Brookville, 
Si.20; Daniel H. Fackler, Primrose, S1.20; Mary Ocker- 
man, S6; Anna Bright, Dayton, S6; total 

Illinois.— Moses Brubaker, Girard, S3; A. L. Moats, 
Leaf River, Si.20; Lizzie Forney, Pine Creek, S3; Ira 
L. Buck, Franklin Grove, $1.20; A. L. Clair, Mt. Mor- 
ris, $1.20; J. H. Moore, Mt. Morris, Si.20; Wm. H. 
Gaffin, Leaf River, 51.50; S. S. Brubaker, Virden, $1.50; 
Cyrus Miller, Lanark, 75 cents; Isaac Shively Laplace, 
Si So; J. A Brubaker, Ml. Morris, S3; J. M. Myers, Mt, 
Morris, 81.50; P. F. Eckerle, Lanark, Si 20; John Bru- 
baker, Girard, S3; Mattie B. Lehman, Mt. Morris, $1.20; 



total,. 

lowa.~ J, D. Coffman, South English, S3; Peter Delp, 
Conrad, S6; James F. Christy, Garrison, Si. So; D. W. 
Badger, Adel, 81.20; C. Z. Reitz, Maxwell, Si.20; Jos. 
L. Myers, Yale, Si.20; W. C. Lehman, Kingsley, S6; 
H. I. Sheller, Ivester, Si. So; Dry Daul, Garrison, S3; 
Cyrus Beeghley, Pierson, 81,20; total, 25 80 

Pennsylvania.— A brother and sister, Waynesboro, 
S2.50; Mary A. Kinsey, New Paris, Si; Alice A.Yost, 

Mercersburg, Si. So; Fitzwater, Port Providence, 

$3; J. B. Brumbaugh, Flint, S6; David G. Wells, Spring 
City, Si. 20; H. L. Griffith, Meyersdale, S3; Moser Bros., 
Uniontown, Si. So; total iq 70 

Maryland.— Chas. W. Reichard, Hagerstown 8 00 

Kansas.— Newton church, 4S cents; Maple Grove 
church, $3.56; Benj. Forney, Abilene, S3 60; total, 761 

Nebraska.— D. G. Couser, Rokeby, Si.20; E. S. Roth- 
rock, Carlisle, Si. 20; total, 2 40 

Virginia.— Susan Wine, Crimora Station 1 20 

To *al S216 36 



FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Iowa.— Jacob Bluebaugh, deceased, Robins, 825; Dal- 
las Center church, Si: total $26 c 

Kansas.— Appanoose church, 12.90; Russel church, 
Sl-So; Burr Oak church, St 80; Cedar Hill church, $3; 
Cedar Hill Sunday school, S4.60; total 23 J 

Pennsylvania.— Spring Run church, $4 78; Lewistown 
church, SS: Lancaster City church, S8.74; Clover Creek 
church, S3 58; total, 22 1 

Indiana.— Mexico church, S13; Beaver Dam church, 
35 cents; total, 13 

Illinois.— Zerue Roland, Polo, S»; Milmine church, 
S5-1S: total 6 . 

Ohio. — Oakland church, j^ 

Total, *qe 1 



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Pennsylvania.— bethel Sunday school, of James Creek 
church, 81.12; a brother and sister. Waynesboro, $12 50; 
a sister, Harleysville, Si; Mary Kinzey, New Paris, 51; 
a sister, Harrisonburg, 83; Levi H. Clumier, Oaks, 75 
cents; Elias Crisman, Morrisville, S3; Missionary Box 
of Pennsylvania, 8350; total, 24 87 

Indiana. — Bachelor Run church 15 25 

Ohio.— Elizabeth N. Barb, Oakfield, 25 cents; Mar- 
garet A. Watts, Homerville, 50 cents; Rolley Mahler, 
Pioneer, n cents; Lafayette church, 86; total 6 86 

Missouri. — Wakanda church 6 25 

Maryland.— Manor church, S2.77; Alice Izer, Oak Or- 
chard, St; total 3 77 

California.— Isaac Royer, The Palms, 50 cents; sister 
A. Reese, Sanger, 83; total, 3 50 

Illinois. — A brother, Mt. Morris, St; Astoria church. 
Si; Zerue Rowland, Polo, 81; total, 3 00 

Virginia.— Ida A. Garber, Newmarket, Si; J. A. and 
M. A. Trout and family, Thaxton, Si; total 2 00 

Iowa. — Franklin County Sunday school, 82 cents; 
Eliza Switzer, Iowa City, 81 ; total 1 82 

Michigan. — Sunfield church 1 64 

Kansas.— Emma Tatloch, Tescott, 50 cents; Dora 
Quiett, Ozawkie, Si ; total, 1 ;o 

A r orth Dakota.— Margaret J. and Delt;c L.Williams, 
Portland 50 

Minnesota. — Lucy E. Laudenslanger, New Ulm, 25 

Total 871 2t 



Illinois.—]. C. Lahman, Mt. Morris, S30; Astoria 
church, Si; W. L. Bingaman, $15; Mt. Morris Sunday 
school, S30; Sisters* Sewing Society, Mt. Morris, S5; 
Sisters' Benevolent Society, Cerrogordo, $20.70; George 
Finifrock, Lanark, %X\ W. L. Bingaman, $2$; Nettie 
Lee and Edwin Fry, Eola, 60 cents; Zcrue Roland, 
Polo, St; Mary Roland, Polo, Si; Jacob Price, Si; Okaw 
Sunday school, SS.75; Milmine church, S7.53; total Si 

Indiana— D. F. Eby, Westfield, 81.50; Nettle Creek 
church, $13.80; Stoney Creek church, S2.45; Howard 
church, Sq-IS; Turkey Creek church, $7.50; a sister, 
Ladoga, 30 cents; a brother and sister and family, 
$30-30; Jacob Mitchler and wife, Sabine City,$2; Nap- 
panee Sunday school, S30; total 

Pennsylvania.— Lewistown church, 86; Dry Valley 
Sunday school, $4-4o; Abram Steele, Yellow Creek, 
81.50; a brother and sister, Waynesboro, $12.50; Abram 
Friend, Milium, Si; Jesse Ziegler, Royersford, S8.22; 
a sister, Harleysville, $2; Sunday school at Hoovcrs- 
ville, $1.54; Fairview Sunday school, S4.70; Mary Kin- 
zey, New Paris, $1; Mariam Clair, Queen, SS; Green 
Tree Sunday school, S32; total ' 

Ohio. — Mohican church, $6; Logan church, 8765; 
Lick Creek church, $14. 40; Silver Creek chuich, S17; 
Bunker Hill church, S2.70; Bear Creek church and 
Sunday school, $14; Mary Darsi, Dayton, Sz; sister 
D. F. Kelly, North Georgetown, 50 cents; total 

Iowa.— Panther Creek church, SM; a sister, Panther, 
S5; Wm. Chapel, 25 cents; Susie C. Flory, 10 cents; 
Anna Flory, 25 cents; North English Sunday school, 
S7.45; Dry Creek Sunday school, $3.70; E. S. Moore, 
Ivester, S2.50; Eunice Moore. Ivester, 20 cents; Katie 
M.Strickler. Ivester, Si: Flora L. Moore, Ivester, 50 
cents; Indian Creek Sunday school, 87; total 

California.— Covina church, $iq; Isaac Royer, The 
Palms, Si; F. C. Myer, 82; D. L. Puterbaugh, Almeda, 
S5; B. Riely, Tropico, $5; total 

Maryland. — Christiana Gebhart, Hagerstown, $5: 
Samuel Weybright, Double Pipe Creek, 8923; W. F. 
and M. Holenberg, Saline City, $2; Sunday school at 
Grossnickle meetinghouse, Middletown Valley, SS.26; 
Chas. Myers, Brownsville, church, 84.43; J- E. W., 
Funkstown, $5; Mary Jordan, Dennings, 44 cents; total, 

Wisconsin.— Florence Homer, Oneida, $15; Lodia A. 
Kaup, Oneida, $15; total, 

Florida. — Pine Grove Sunday school, $12; Keuka 
church, $5; total, 

Virginia. — Mill Creek church, S12; sister L. V. Smte- 
man. New Hope, $s; total 

Nebraska.— -Two sisters, Falls City, $6.15; a sister, 
Falls City, 50 cents; North Beatrice church, $8.20; 
total - 

Michigan. — Woodland church, 



Iowa. — Fairview Sunday school, $7.63; Elva Rowe, 

Galva, 81; total, 8 63 

Missouri. — Nevada church, $2 00; Arthur Rust, 
Knobnoster, 25 cents; Ernest Rust, Knobnoster, 25 
cents; Clayton Rust, Knobnoster, 20 cents; Dry Fork 

church, $5; total 8 60 

Oklahoma— Paradise Prairie church 4 70 

Josiah and Lydia Barnhart 2 00 

Idaho. — A brother 1 00 

Colorado. — A sister, Bowen 1 00 

Kt tnsas.— Emma Tatloch, Tescott 1 00 

Total 8607 37 

WORLD-WIDE MISSIONS. 

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Pennsylvania.—]. B. Brumbaugh, Hyndman, ft; 
Snyder Sunday school, Wnmllmry i-ongrcgalioii, 84-75; 
Summit church, 813; Elk Lick church, S10.86; Maple 
Glen church, 88.40; Mary A. Paul, Dillsburg, 50 cents; 
a sister, Akron, 50 cents; S. B. Keifer, Palmyra, $2; a 
brother and sister, Waynesboro, 815; Mr. and Mrs. 
L. D. Lepley, Connellsville, 810; Mrs. W. H. Cunning- 
ham, Natrona, 50 cents; M. E. Lane, Washington, $1; 
Mary Kinsey, New Paris, |i; Germantown Sunday 
school and church, 88; Tulpehocken church, 821.01; 
James Kurtz, Womelsdorf, 50 cents; a sister at Sipcs- 
ville, S3; Sunday school at Little Swatara church, 89 01; 
total, s,j 03 

Indiana.— Union church, 82.05; Salamonic church, 
Sq; Harrison County church, 82. 50; Martin Hoke, Hunt- 
ington, SS". Baugo church, 82.50; M. Josie Ratliff, Mont- 
pelier, SS; Alex. Miller, Nappanee, 81.25; Spring Creek 
church, S10.66; Tippecanoe church, 85; Isaiah Bren- 
eman, Cambridge City, $25; St. Joseph Valley church, 
$4. to; a sister, Westfield, $1 ; Clear Creek church, $3.86; 
South Bend church, $2.45; Eel River church, 84.10; 
Christian Schrock, Middlebury, 82; Levi Znmbrum, 
Wolf Lake, S3; total gg 47 

Ohio.— Lick Creek church, $6; a sister, $2; Margaret 
A. Watts, Homeiville, 50 cents; Owl Creek church, 
8g.11; from Leipsic, S280; Oakland church, 87.60; Sil- 
ver Creek church, S7.79; Lafayette church, $8.70; Dan- 
ville church, 812; sister D. F. Kelly, North Georgetown, 
Si; Mrs. Catharine Whitter, Newark, 81; David Fultz, 
Rushvillc, $i ; tola', 50 50 

Illinois.— A brother, Mt. Morris, 83; Cerrogordo 
church, 816; L. H. Funk, Mt. Morris, $6; a sister, Lan- 
ark, 82; Sarah Hohf, Mt. Morris, 8>; Mrs. Elizabeth 
Hohf, Mt. Morris, $2; Silver Crock church, 86.70; 
Sarah Dauner, Astoria, 8125; /.erue Roland, Polo, Si ; 
Pleasant Hill church, SiS-26; Sugar Creek church, 
Si. So; total, ss 71 

Iowa.— A sister, Panther, 82; Fairview church, 83.87; 
Katie M. Strickler, Ivester, 81; Kingsley church, 81.54; 
Garrison church, 86; Pleasant Hill Sunday school, 
81.66; Pleasant Hill church, $3.81 ; Green church, 82.47; 
Galva church, Si 15; South Keokuk church, 85-75; Lib- 
erty ville church, S497; total 34 22 

Virginia.— Sangerville church, 819.25; Pleasant Val- 
ley church, 70 cents; Peach Grove Sunday school, 81 ; 
a sister, Crimora Station, 82; Wm. Spigle, Toms Brook, 
S3 cents; Rebecca Richard, Toms Brook, 52 cents; 
Cbristena Spigler, Toms Brook, 52 cents; two sisters, 
Timberville, Si; total, 25 52 

Maryland. -Meadow Branch church, S'S; Manor 
church, S8.70; total 23 70 

Kansas.— Meridian Sunday school, 82.61; Newton 
church, 81.85; Pleasant View church, 85; a sister, Belle- 



;Sahm church,! 



Missouri. Mineral Creek church, 82; Prudence E, 
tiler, Nevada, Si-75; Wakanda church, $4 25; Prairie 
iew church, S5.16; Joel and Susan Moomaw, Lad- 
>nia, 81,50; Wakanda church, S3; B. F. Spit/er and 

ife, Rockingham, 50 cents; total 

Florida.— Keuka church, $8; Our Baby Boy's Orange 

rec, S2.70; Pine Grove Sunday school, Si: total 

Tennessee. — Knob Creek church, 86.50: Wm. Gross, 
levins, 25 cents; Maggie Sailcrfield, Oakgrove, S'-S7: 



rtah.— White Rock, 7 00 

West Wry/Wff.-Catbarine Bays, Russellville, 8300; 

MaryN. Wdliams, Frankford;8l-So; total 4 50 

Nebraska.— Mrs. Joseph Weidner, Nevada, Si-So; 

Wood River church, 8165; total 31$ 

Arkansas.— Prairie church 1 90 

Oregon.- Powells Valley church 1 00 

California.— \%m Royer, The Palms 1 00 

Washington.- Allen Ives, 50 

Marriage notices to Jan. 1,1897, 23 00 

Income from Endowment 75 00 

Income from loan, D. B. Puterbaugh, 42 00 

Total, 8614 84 



Pennsylvania— Mary E. Baker, Begmont, 81; a 
brother and sister, Meyersdale, 825; D, E. Brown, 
East Berlin. 85; Grandmother Reitz, Friedens, 50 



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THE GOSPEL ZMZESSEZCCTO-EIR,. 



January 16, 189;. 



The Cospel Messenger, 

PrilliM Viitlj, *l 11'" I -■ Absdb, :r 

The Brethren's Publishing Co., 
Mount Morris, Illinois, 

D. I.. MlLLBR, Mount Morris, 111., ) Editors. 

H. It. Bhumhauuh, Huntingdon, l'a., ( 

J. II. M m Office Editor. 

JOSEPH Amick Business Manager. 

Enoch Eby, Daniel Haya, W. R. Dealer. 

ink on une r-'alc .>! the papoi wily. Do not attempt to l.icrUnc, or to put on 
one page whal oufrht to occupy two. 



IClu or dififlH on Interior banks, unit! 
ladcby Post-office Money Order, Dra 



Mount Morris. III., January 16, 1897. 



The meetings at Yellow River, Ind., closed with 
The Brethren of the Camp Creek church, 111., re- 

ELEVEN accessions are reported as the result of a 
scries of meetings recently held in the New Union 
church, Pa. 



A mistake was made in announcing the address 
of Bro. J. S. Geiser. It is 1607 Edmondson Ave., 
Baltimore, Md. 

Bro. Hutchison is still preaching for the Breth- 
ren in Virginia. He is likely to remain in the 
State until April. 

A series of meetings in the North Poplar Ridge 
church, Ohio, closed Dec. 27 with thirteen baptized 
and three restored. 



Bro. Jacob Heistand, of Hoaglin, Ohio, reports 
five accessions as the result of a series of meetings 
held in a schoolhouse, 



The series of meetings in the Logan church, 
Ohio, closed with eight accessions. Bro. David 
Filbrum did the preaching. 



Bro. Amos J. Nickey, of Oakley, 111., preached 
for us in the Chapel last Sunday morning, His 
talk was much appreciated. 



A meeting at the Shady Gro 
Spring church, Pa., resulted in te 
by baptism, and one reclaimed. 



Id be well if all our evangelists would in- 

st upon each new convert taking the Messenger. 

matter of more than ordinary importance. 



Each year the Pine Creek church, Illinois, ap- 
points her agent for the Messenger, and then he is 
expected to do good work. We always have a 
large list of subscribers from this church. 

We are informed of the organization of a prayer- 
meeting for the special benefit of young converts. 
That is good. But there are thousands of older 
members who should also attend meetings of this 
kind. 

The General Mission report, found on another 
page, will be examined with unusual interest. It is 
long, and shows the receipt of an encouraging 
amount of money for the different good causes en- 
trusted to the committee. 



Bro. L. H. Eby, on his way home to North Man- 
chester, Ind., gave us a short call last week. We 
were glad to have him with us a few hours. He 
was returning from Grundy County. Iowa, where 
he had been assisting in a Bible school. 



There are five hundred poor people in the 
Brotherhood who ought to have the Messenger 
sent to them. Who will send in good donations 
that we may send them the paper? We will ac- 
knowledge the receipt of all money received for 
this purpose. 

We do not like to stop short of the 20,000 sub- 
scribers that we had in view. We are confident 
that a little extra effort upon the part of our agents 
and friends would enable the Messenger to reach 
the number inside of a few weeks. It is still not 
too late to send in new names. 



There are too many sermons without any doc- 
trine in them, and then, on the other hand, there 
are too many sermons that contain nothing else 
but doctrine. The former is like a house without 
any timbers, while the latter reminds one of the 
building with timbers alone. All Gospel sermons 
should contain enough doctrine to render them sub- 
stantial, and yet not so much as to make them cold 
and formal. 

There are said to be 4,500 secret lodges in Chi- 
cago, and probably less than 500 churches. Were all 
the Christian-professing men to withdraw their mon- 
ey, time and talents from the lodges, and work for 
the cause of Christ, as they should, there would, in 
all probability, be 4,500 churches in the city, and 
considerable less than 500 lodges. These men, pro 
fessing Christianity, have thrown their influence on 
the wrong side. 

On receiving a communication for publication we 
first look for the name of the writer. If that is 
omitted, the article goes into the waste-basket with- 
out being even read. By this it will be understood 
that those who have something special to say to the 
editors and others, and will not give their name, 
spend their time to no purpose. We can listen to 
the plea of the most humble, but we must first 
know who they are. 



Bro, Frank Fisher, of Mexico, Ind., writes us 
that our aged brother, Samuel Murray, is partly 
paralyzed, and most earnestly craves the prayers of 
all the saints. He knows that the time of his de- 
parture cannot be far off, and it is his earnest desire 
that he may not have to suffer so long before the 
Master calls him to come up higher. 



Mr. Moody has a plain way of telling things. In 
a recent discourse, he is reported to have said: 
" What is killing our church prayer meetings is that 
men pray there who have no business to pray. 
Get your life right first before you come before 
God in prayer. ' Hallelujah ' and ' praise God ' is 
all right, but I do not want to hear it from any 
one who does not pay his debts. If you owe a man 
55, and are keeping him out of it, go and pay it to 
him, if you have to live on bread and water to do it. 
Don't sneak around and dodge him. God hates a 
fraud and a sham." 



Th 

Bro. Silas Hoover writes us that he is now en- 
gaged in a series of meetings in the Green Spring 
church, Pa, Bro. Jacob Hollinger is the elder in 
charge. 

Bro. C. G. Lint has been quite sick with lung 
fever, but wc are glad to learn that he is improving, I 
and may soon he able to be about the Master's j 
business. 

There are said to be fifty-six ministers and eld- I 
ers in the Middle District of Iowa. With this I 
force well utilized, a grand work ought to be ac- \ 
complished during the present year. 

Bro. D. L. M!ller is in the Donnel's Creek j 
church, Ohio, this week. He left here last Mon- j 
day. His sermon, last Sunday evening, on "The' 
Armenian People and the Armenian Church," was 1 
listened to with intense interest, by a very large 



In a recent sermon, in Chicago, Dr. Lorin 
Baptist minister of Boston, said: " It is not v. 
man thinks to-day, it is what a man does; not 
a man dreams, but what a man realizes; tha 
ders him a power in the world. A si 
preached that turns no wheel is a sermon lo: 
sermon preached that kindles no light is a S( 
that had better never been uttered." Here is 
son for Christian workers to ponder. 



Ou 



special Bible Term is moving along pleas- 

and the course of instruction is excellent. 

B. Trout is with us at this time, giving us 
/ery instructive lessons. Bro. L. W. Teeter 
arrive the last of the week. Scores of our 
■en in Northern Illinois, especially ministers, 
issing a good thing by not attending this 
1 term. And what we say of them may ap- 
th equal force to those living in other States 
these special Bible Terms are held. All of 
inisters, who possibly can, should avail them- 

of these excellent opportunities to learn 
concerning the Bible and their work. 



SOME UNPLEASANT THINOS. 

While the editor of a religious journal may have 
many pleasant experiences, and enjoy some things 
with which most people are not favored, yet he is 
compelled to see some other things that he often 
wishes he did not know, and the less of such he 
knows the better. When once in the mind they are 
hard to get rid of. Now and then a man, in good 
standi 'g, sends a well-composed article for publica- 
tion. It is received with thanks and appears in the 
paper. A few weeks later the editor is informed 
by the editor of another journal, or some other per- 
son, that the article, with the exception of a few 
lines at the beginning and end, was stolen from an- 
other paper, and we are told where the article 
may be found. We compare the two. We pro- 
nounce it a case of literary theft. There can be no 
doubt of it. Things like this do not often happen, 
but it is unpleasant to have to think about even a 
few of them. 

Then there are those who will order the paper 
sent to their address, promising to pay for it short- 
ly. The paper is sent in good faith. The years go 
by, a notice is sent to the tardy subscriber, but no 
money comes to the office from him. So the ac- 
count is entered on the book, and there it remains, 
for years, with not a few others. 

Now and then a brother orders some books, say- 
ing he will remit shortly. We judge his standing 
to be good. The books are sent, but the money 
never comes. He writes of reverses, and says he 
cannot pay now. Of course the books were sold, 
and the money put to his own private use, thinking 
that the next money he would get should be sent 
to cancel the account. But he never has the mon- 
ey to spare, and thus the account stands, year after 
year. The brother may be in good standing at 
home, but he has misappropriated money. 

Then there are a few agents who use the money 
they collect for subscriptions, and have us charge 
the paper to them, thinking that by and by they 
will have money and will then settle the account. 
But that time never comes. The accounts increase 
as the years go by. Now and then one will order 
hymn books for the church, but the money for 
them never reaches this office. As we look over 
the books, in the hands of our Business Manager, 
and see how much this, that, and the other person 
owes, and see that many of these accounts have 
been standing for years, we then wish we did not 
have to know such things. 

It is not the loss of the money that disturbs us,— 
still it ought to be paid, and the account balanced 
in some way, — but we wonder how matters of this 
kind are going to stand at the judgment? We are 
sometimes led to think that there is not that hones- 
ty among professing people there should be, and 
not unfrequently do we find it so upon the part of 
those who seem to stand well in the church. But 



January 16, 1897. 



, what of the judgment? We again say that 
vish we did not have to know things of this 



LETTER FROM AN ARMENIAN BROTHER. 

The following letter will need no explanation. 
A word about the writer may, however, be of inter- 
est. Bro. Yeremian is an educated Armenian who 
has, for sometime, been engaged in teaching the 
children in the Brethren's Armenian Orphanage in 
Smyrna. Me has been led to make a careful inves- 
tigation of the Bible, with the result stated in the 
letter. The letter is given as he wrote it, and shows 
how well he has, in a few years, mastered the Eng- 
lish. We rejoice with our brethren in Smyrna, 
and especially with Bro. Fercken, that the Lord is 
so richly blessing this work of re-establishing Prim- 
itive Christianity among the Seven Churches of 
Asia. And who can to-day foretell the result of 
the seed now being sown in the Orient? 
U. L. Millek, 

Dear Brother; — 

I hope you will pardon me for the liberty I take of 
writing to you, but having heard much about you through 
Bro. Fercken, I feel that you are a long-standing acquaintance 
of mine. No doubt you would like to know bow it came that 
I joined the Brotherhood. It happened on this wise: 

A year ago I met Bro. Fercken at my uncle's house, and I 
immediately formed a strong attachment to him. I visited 
him often, and he used to speak to me about spiritual things. 
He gave me tracts and spoke to me about the Brethren 
church. Studying carefully the Bible, I found out that what 
he said was in accordance with the Word of God. But there 
came, for several months, the trial of my faith, the severing 
from my church relationship. Perhaps it is unknown to the 
Brethren that the Armenian church and nation are two in- 
separable things, and that whosoever steps out of the church 
steps out of his nationality. One can never be disassociated 
from the other. 0! how hard it was for me to think that, by 
leaving my church, 1, so patriotic, should be no more an Ar- 
menian! But dear Bro. Fercken, by strong arguments, 
showed me the fallacy of such an idea, and how one can be .1 
Protestant and yet be a good Armenian. Now, since I have 
been baptized, bow happy do I feel that 1 am a Christian ana 
an Armenian, and that I can work for my people; and, if it is 
the Lord's will, by and by, bring the Gospel and 1'riniiiivc 
Christianity to them. 

I very much thank the Brethren church for what she is now 
doing for my noble yet persecuted nation. Bro. Fercken is 
doing a quiet, yet noble, work here. I know he is too modest 
to praise himself in regard to what he has already accom- 
plished, but, amid many difficulties, he has been able to lay a 
good foundation for the future, and it is my aim to help him 
the best I can, and so lighten his burden. Bro. Fercken tells 
me that he has already written to you about me, so I will not 
say more about myself, but only state how happy I am to 
have been baptized, and that 1 am asking God every day to 
give me more and more the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 1 
would like to say how much, after my Bible, the little, valuable 
book, " Outlines of Discourses," helped to enlighten me on the 
doctrines to which we hold so tenaciously. I think if this 
book were translated into Armenian it would very much help 
towards enlightening my nation. I wonder whether the 
Brethren, who are more advanced than I am, in spiritual 
things, appreciate it as much as I do. 

Hoping to be honored with an answer, 1 remain, 
Yours respectfully, 
Ohannes M. Yeremian. 

Smyrna, Asia Minor, Dec, 4. 



HERE AND THERE IN NEBRASKA. 

Number Two. 

From Holmesville, Nebr., we enjoyed a delight- 
ful drive across a beautiful prairie, dotted here and 
therewith fine farmhouses, giving evidence of the 
prosperity of the people. Bro. James Gish, once a 
faithful student at Mount Morris, now a prosperous 
farmer and an efficient minister and Bible teacher 
in the South Beatrice church, held the reins. It 
was a bright, beautiful December day. The air was 
fresh and crisp and just cool enough to give zest 
and vigor to life. The roads were hard and 
smooth, and all the conditions were favorable for 
an enjoyable drive to the North Beatrice church, 
distant from Holmesville fifteen miles. 

On the bright, moonlight December evenings, the 
house was crowded with anxious listeners. The 
morning meetings were also very largely attended. 
The members and friends at this church al 



liberal 



ributit 



the 



ork, We 



TIHIE GOSPEL IMI ESSE 1ST GE IR. 

find a spirit of liberality among these people that 
is highly commendable. They are willing to do 
what they can. 

There is a degree of life and activity in the 
North Beatrice church that bespeaks success in the 
future. The Sunday school, with Bro. Charley 
Price as Superintendent, is full of interest. Our 
Nebraska brethren are taking an advanced position 
on Sunday schools. They have a State Committee 
to look after the work. By systematic and deter- 
mined effort they hope to accomplish much good. 
Bro. A. M. T. Miller, of Pickerel, is at the head of 
the committee. He is also one of our most active 
tract distributors, We spent some time at his 
comfortable home, recalling reminiscences of the 
past, for we were boys together in Maryland two 
score years ago. Nebraska has dealt well with him 
financially, and he is full of energy and activity 
along the lines of church work. 

The Mission and Sunday School Boards had a 
meeting at North Beatrice, and we had the pleas- 
ure of meeting a number of our workers. Among 
others, brethren Jesse Heckler, D. B. Heiny, J. E. 
Young and C. B. Smith, all of whom are actively en- 
gaged in the ministry and in mission work. The 
field before them is white for the harvest. 

From North Beatrice, in company with brethren 
Hope, Heiny and Maust, we journeyed westward 
by the " Burlington," to Fillmore and Thayer Coun- 
ties, where the Bethel church is located. Bro. 
Heiny is the elder in charge, and reports a mem- 
bership of about one hundred and forty, all in good 
working order. The house of worship does not 
seem to be large enough for the congregations that 
sometimes assemble. The members whom we vis- 
ited seem to be in a prosperous condition. The 
drouth which continued two years over the entire 
West cut their crops short, and now the low price 
of grain does not bring a large return, but they are 
hopeful that better times are in store for them. At 
the close of the meetings they decided to support 
an orphan in the Brethren's Orphanage at Smyrm 
Even if times are hard, they have something to 
spare for the Lord. 

Our next stopping place was in Polk County, 
where we met a number of old friends of our boy- 
hood days. We stopped with Bro. Martin New 
comer, and held one meeting in a schoolhouse neai 
his home, not far from Wayland. We enjoyed a 
pleasant reunion with members of the Newcomei 
and Fox families, some of whom we had not met 
for more than thirty years. Then we were all in 
the vigor of youth, now we are only waiting till 
the shadows are a little longer grown. 

One of the sights that impressed us was the im- 
mense corn crop that was being gathered in the 
State of Nebraska. Never, perhaps, in the history 
of the State, has there been such an abundant crop. 
It is estimated at over three hundred million bush- 
els. It seemed as if there was corn everywhere 
cribs were full and bursting, and still there was 
much to gather. The farmers are not following tht 
example of the rich man in Palestine, who said, " 1 
will tear down and build larger." They are sim 
ply piling the corn in great golden heaps on Iht 
ground. Some said they were husking as high a< 
eighty-five bushels per acre. But from forty to six 
ty bushels was most commonly reported. 

The price is low,— from ten to fifteen cents pei 
bushel, the higher price being paid near the Mis 
souri river. Should the price advance to thirty 
cents a bushel,— only a fair price for corn, — such 
golden stream of the yellow grain would flow 
of Nebraska and Kansas, and such a stream of gold 
and silver would flow back, that hard times would 
be effectually routed. Leaving the price out of 
question, how wonderfully the Lord has blessed 
our land with abundance! While in India there is 
famine, and many are suffering, here our store- 
houses are bursting with plenty. O. 1 ■ U, 



"THH OLD IS BETTER." 

This may seem to be a strange subject about 
hich to write, but we make use of it, because of 
its application to a line of thought that has come 
,, about which we have had some meditations, 
as the heart thinketh so the pen expresseth. 
word " old " may have a number of interpreta- 
tions, depending on how wc look at it and use it. 
We have the relative interpretation. When 
peak of the " Old World," our mind is carried 
back through the dim vista of the past, and we 
think of centuries and ages. When we speak of 
old men, our scope of time is shortened down to 
seventy from a hundred years, because, when man 
reaches the three score and the ten, he is con- 
sidered to be old in years. Then, again, the word 
has a local interpretation. The meaning of it is 
determined by the things around and about us, 
without being fixed by any definite length of time. 
Things are old in comparison to their time of being 
used. If we, to-day, take up a paper of yesterday, 
we say it is old, because of it being behind the date 
of the information we want. Thus the local condi- 
tions determine when a thing is old. 

Then, again, we have our individual interpreta- 
tions. Things are old or new as we look at them 
in our individual capacities, as things seem to us. 
Some of us get old, and become associated with 
old things very soon, because, say we, the old is 
better. Some things, it is true, do improve with 
age, but even to this there is a limit. There is a 
tendency on the part of all to reverence, respect 
and revere things and persons of age, and it is well 
enough to do so, because that which has stood the 
test of experience and time is worthy of our es- 
teem. As we stood at the base of one of the great 
Egyptian pyramids and remembered that it had 
withstood the shocks and storms of the ages, we 
felt like baring our head and doing homage to it, 
not because, in this case, the old is the better, but 
because of the natural disposition we have, to do 
reverence to things of great age. 

But, after all, is the old really better than the 
new? We hear much said about the " good old 
times," and when we say this, have we ever thought 
why we say it? Did we ever think when these 
good old times began and when th«y ended? If 
the old always has been the better, there must have 
been a time when things were exceedingly good, as 
the good times, which we look back to with so 
much satisfaction now, a few years ago were the 
new times of our fathers, and they had to look 
back the same number of years, in order to see their 
good old times. And, after all, as good as these 
old times were, how many of us would like to lift 
ourselves out of our glorious present, to be set 
back even, into the good old times? How many? 
If, ever since time was, this world has been only a 
series of back-stepping from the good, then is it 
true that the old is better. But we don't all feet 
this way. As soon as we do, it ought to be a warn- 
ing to us that we, ourselves, have reached the acme 
of our goodness, and because of this the old is bet- 
ter. Neither the bad nor the better and the best 
are determined on the passing of time, but on our 
living and doing each day. 

We frequently hear our church people extolling 
the good old times,— the good old-fashioned meet- 
ings held, the good old sermons, and the good old 
preachers that preached them. 

There may be places where people live who" can 
say such things with a degree of propriety, but ev- 
en then, who is to blame for the new order of 
things being worse than were the old? The change 
from good to bad can only take place through 
those who stand related to it, and, therefore, must 
be recognized as part of it. It is not because the 
old preachers have passed away, — because there 
never was a time in which the church did not have 



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THE GOSPEL nynESSIEIfcTG-IElR,- 



January 16, 1897. 



her aged servants,-but the trouble is, where such 
conditions really exist, the younger, who have fol- 
lowed in their places, have failed in perpetuating 
the good work. 

It may be true that wine and such commodities 
improve by age, but of the Gospel and the applica- 
tion thereof to the church and world, this cannot 
be said in the sense of looking back. In looking 
back over our own church experiences we can re- 
member of no time in the past which we would de- 
sire to exchange for the present, neither do we 
have fearful apprehensions for the welfare of the 
church when our work is done. 

There are forces at work in the church that, if 
carefully directed, give great promise for the en- 
largement of /Aon. But, that this may come to 
pass, we must take the forward instead of the back- 
ward look, feeling that what is to be will depend 
on how we help to make it. Looking on with 
hands and heads down will never save the world 
for Christ, neither will it do for us to be always 
saying: "The old is better." It can only be so 
when we help to make the new worse. It is right 
that we should feel that the past has been well 
done, but it is better to determine that the future 
shall be the best effort of our lives. We have ev- 
ery encouragement to do this, because of the en- 
larging of our possibilities, as well as the widening 
out of our fields for Christian labor. The old year, 
with its work, is past, and those of us who have 
tried to do what we could, may say to it, " Fare- 
well," without regret. But as we enter the New 
Year, shall we say: The old is better? No, my 
Christian reader, let us walk into this new year 
with the determination that it shall be better than 
the old— and it will be. h. b. b. 



- HOME + AND + FAMILY *—> 



COMFORTED. 



BY JOSEPHINE I'OLLARD. 

1 tuok her hand in mine, and said, 
" I pray itacc, child, be comforted, 

For thine is but the common lot. 
And there will conic to thee a day. 
It may be near, or far away. 
When all these trials that dismay 

Will be remembered not." 

Yet still she wept, the while I sought 
With words from holy Scriptures brought 

Her wounded spirit to console. 
" To the Lord's will be reconciled, 
And bear up bravely, now, my child; 
By hope and confidence beguiled, 

This flood of grief control." 

1 quoted all the Psalms 1 knew. 
Recited poems not a few, 

1 hoped would sweet submission teach; 
But realized that all I said, 
And all the passages I read, 
Never once touched or comforted 

The heart I longed to reach. 

What should I do? In what sweet way 
Could 1 my sympathy convey 

To one so overcome with grief? 
My prayers but little had availed, 
Since she as bitterly bewailed. 
And all my best endeavors failed 

To give the least relief. 

Powerless to mitigate such wo 
In meek despair I rose to go, 

And, turning, saw her tear-stained face. 
It moved my heart with sudden thrill, 
My eyes with tears began to fill, 
And I was sorrowful until 

My steps I could retrace. 

I had no thought of prayer or psalm, 
Nor voice, indeed, the storm to calm; 

So not a single word. I said, 
But round her waist my arms I threw, 
And gave her kisses not a few. 
And, ah! by many a sign 1 knew 

That she was comforted! 

—Sunday School Times. 



OUR TROUBLES. 



BV HOWAR 



hiOu 



■ Laugh, and the world laughs with you, 
Weep, and you weep alone." 
ns ordained that all who live an ordinary 
are doomed to see trouble. Some of it is 
imaginary, and much of it real, and, so far as we are 
concerned, utterly unavoidable. Sickness, sorrow 
and death are here to stay, and, sooner or later, they 
overtake all of us- Wherever the lights of the vil- 
lage gleam out at night there is, somewhere near, 
the last long resting-place of those who have passed, 
and each mound has been watered with the tears of 
the living. If earth is beautiful at times, and life is 
sweet in its early morning, the world is also a wail- 
ing place and Sorrow and Death walk on either 
side of us, unseen it may be, but they are there 
and in the end they will wither us. 

Many a man and woman goes bravely down life's 
highway; as far as human eyes can see all is well 
with them. But in their lives is the rooted sorrow, 
and ghosts will walk unbidden right through the in- 
nermost chambers of their souls. It is not chance 
or environment. It is an eternal and unchangeable 
law of our being. It can not be avoided, yet, thank 
God, there is a help for it all. 

As in the case of the storm-swept cloud?, vivid 
with the lightning and terrifying with their thunder, 
there is a region a little overhead of it all where 
there are infinite spaces of perfect calm, so over 
our heads shrouded in secret gloom there is a place 
as calm as a summer-lit lake in the hills, and as 
peaceful as the sleep of the infant of yesterday. 
And there is no death in that land, and love's sun 
never sets. Do you remember the time in your 
life when all the blossoms were dancing and all the 
bells a ringing, and life ahead of you was all a 
dream of happiness to come? It never did come, 
but it may and will, if we seek it aright. In that 
beautiful land of the leal there is rest for the weary. 
No home-coming of the wanderer in lands beyond 
the seas is ever as perfect as the welcome that 
awaits us there after we have laid aside the travel- 
stained garment of our souls while here. 
And Christ died a cruel death that such peace 
ight be ours. Sometimes in the depths of our 
troubles there comes a glimpse of the home of the 
saved, a knowledge that touches the soul as a sum- 
mer zephyr kisses the cheek and is gone. But we 
know it, and for that inner knowledge thank God 
With it we may meet Death in the highway and 
laugh in his face, knowing that we may be, and will 
be, vanquished in the uneven struggle, but after- 
ward we are the children of a King in a land where 
there is no Death and not even a memory of oui 
life troubles. 
Lewisburg, Pa. 



THE MOTE-PICKER. 



is to be applied to our every-day life, to our " daily 
walk and conversation." 

Some members are much inclined to busy them- 
selves about the affairs or mistakes of others, thus 
using their influence to prejudice other minds 
against a brother or a sister. This is a deadly 
poison to their own soul. As a sure antidote we 
recommend immediate and repeated doses of James 
4: 7, 8, g, 10, which says, " Submit yourselves there- 
fore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from 
you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to 
you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify 
your hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and 
mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to 
mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble 
yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall 
lift you up." 

The "why" of Matt. 7: 3 is clearly answered in 
Matt. 6: 23, which says, " But if thine eye be evil, 
thy whole body is full of darkness. If, therefore, 
the light that is in ttiee be darkness, how great is 
that darkness!" No wonder the mote-picker does 
not see the beam in his own eye, when it is evil, 
and his whole body is full of darkness! 

Let us all have more charity, one for another! 
Charity is love. Love begets love. Charity begins 
at home. The man of God who would show chari- 
ty abroad, must first have it at home, to the saving, 
first, of his own soul; then, to the saving of his 
house,— to the getting out of darkness, and into 
that "marvelous light,"— the "light of God." 
"Weep for yourselves and for your children." 
Luke 23: 28. " Examine yourselves, whether ye be 
in the faith; prove your own selves. . . . Je- 
sus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates." 2 
Cor. 13: 5- 

Devils Lake, North Dakota. 



BY MARSHALL 

"And why bchotdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's 
eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? "— 
Matt, 7=3- 

" Great oaks from little acorns grow," so, also, 
do great sins grow from little faults, or, in the 
words of the above Scripture, great beams may re- 
sult from little motes. By this we learn the solemn 
duty, that we ought to bend the big tree while it is 
a twig, — that we ought to pull up the weed by de- 
stroying the seed. We should pluck out the beam 
by picking the mote out of our own eye, — root out 
the evil, that is among us, by " resisting the devil," 
by sweeping our own door-yard. 

We should teach our children obedience to Eph. 
6: 1, 2, 3, and Col. 3: 20 by being obedient parents 
and grand-parents to Eph. 6: 4, Col. 3: 21, and 
Prov. 22: 6. " Speak evil of no man." Titus 3: 2. 

Our text stands in connection with the two suc- 
ceeding verses. The truth, there stated, "began to 
be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us 
by them that heard him," is as strong a self-exam- 
ination text as can be found in the Bible; and it is 
not applicable only at our love feast services, but it 



LET THE SUNSHINE IN. 



As I entered my little room this morning (the 
place I spend some very precious hours) and threw 
open the shutters, the beautiful sun came pouring 
in through the window, filling the room with its ra- 
diant beams, creating light and life, and saying to 
my needy soul: " Let a little sunshine in." 

" Truly the light is sweet and a pleasant thing it 
is for the eyes to behold the sun." Eccl. 11:7. 
Too often we let down the blind and close the shut- 
ters of the soul and keep out the radiant beams of 
the Great Eternal Luminary, whose quickening rays 
would illuminate the heart and send its light far out 
into the world. Oh for more sunshine in the soul, 
that the avenues of love, peace, long-suffering, 
meekness, gentleness and joy might, by their efful- 
gence, attract those that are in darkness, and those 
that are afar off! May the words of our Savior, 
" Ye are the light of the world," be fulfilled! 

The supreme duty of every believer is to leave 
his sun so shine that those in darkness may see the 
marvelous light. The world needs an emphatic 
testimony of its sinful condition and the church 
would be unfaithful to its great trust, if it were to 
conceal it. Let the sunshine in, brother and sister! 
Many know not they are in darkness. The church 
owes the world the warmth of Christian fellowship. 

Do you notice our obligation to the world? It is 
not only to throw out beams of sunlight, but glow- 
ing rays of heat. " Did not our hearts burn with- 
in us," — they said, " while he talked with us by the 
way?" Luke 23: 32. Let the sunshine in and 
warm up the frigid hearts, lest it be said of us, 
" Ye are neither cold nor hot; I will cast thee out 
of my mouth." 

When will the church be entirely free from this 
Laodicean temper, which is so justly complained of 
by our Lord, and represented as loathsome to him? 
Beware, lest we indulge in a vain conceit of our 
own wisdom, riches and sufficiency, and refuse the 
Lord of glory an entrance! 

Let the sunshine in, until the heart begins to 
burn. Abraham saw a burning lamp and Moses 
beheld a burning bush. When Solomon had built 
his holy and beautiful house, its consecration was 



I 



January 16, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL MESSEnSTO-IEIR,. 



culminated in the fire of God descending upon the 
sacrifice, to show that the Lord was there. Oh 
blessed symbol! 

Would God that all might experience its mean- 
ing to the full, and that the church might become 
a burning bush, her ministers speaking not with 
chilled tongues of deliberate logic, but with burn- 
ing tongues of passionate pleading, persuading and 
entreating men to come to Christ and live. Then 
we would not be co'd and dead and empty of life, 
as we sometimes are, but filled with the fulness of 
God. There would be no room, then, for the de- 
sires of the flesh, 

The difference between an empty man and a full 
man is something very wonderful. Out of a burn- 
ing or full church the world shall receive salvation, 
but never out of a cold or empty one. 

The preachers of Pentecost told of the Spirit's 
work by the Spirit's power. The church then was 
characterized by generosity and overflowed with 
love and sympathy for a lost world. There will be 
no lack of sympathy and Christian fellowship where 
there is no lack of sunshine in the soul. 

The ancient church was also full of gladness. 
Jerusalem was a happy city. The disciples were 
singing, and praising God. I have no doubt they 
broke out, now and then, in the services, with 
" Amen " or " Glory to God." Of course we never 
say " Amen " or " Glory " now. We are often not so 
particularly glad and not so specially full of praise 
that we want to do anything of the sort. Alas, we 
have lost very much of the spirit of God and much 
of the joy and gladness which characterized the an- 
cient Christian. Like the Israelites of old, we are 
slow to possess all the Land of Promise. 

Brethren and sisters, let us open the windows of 
the soul and let in all that God will give us! Let 
us not be satisfied with the sip that saves, but let 
us receive the baptism which buries the flesh and 
changes us into the very image of our Savior, — the 
baptism which makes us spiritual and sets us all 
aflame with zeal for the glory of God, and eager- 
ness for usefulness, by which that glory may be in- 
creased among the sons of men. Let the sunshine 

Washington, D. C. 




Mission Receipts for December, 1896. 



cents; Emma C. Reitz, Friedens, 50 cents; a brother 
and sister, Waynesboro, $2.50; Anna Trimmer, Lan- 
caster, Si; Mrs. A. G.B.Martin, Harrisburg, Si; Jno. 
Hoyer, York, Ji; York church, $49-75: Huntingdon 
church, S93; Mary Kinzey, New Paris, £1; Jacob's 
^reek church, $31.17; Katie Lehmer, S2; G. G. Leh- 
™er. Ss; Lizzie Lerew, St; New Enterprise church, 
S17-S0; Marsh Creek church, $25 50; Quemaboning 
church, S31.06; Summit church, S20.50; Bare Creek 
church, S22.40; J. H. Brilhart, Indiana, Si; Lancaster 
church, $14.19; a brother and sister, Philadelphia, SS; 
a sister, Philadelphia, 50 cents; total, S 358 07 

Maryland.—], E. Gnagey, Accident, Sio; Evan 
Ogle, Ellicott, S17.50; Hagerstowo church, S38.85: L. 
A. D., Linganore, Si ; Pipe Creek church, Si 11; Brush 
Lreek church, $30; S. O. Larkins, Baltimore, $t; D. S. 
Wolf , Colington, Si; Theresa Schneider, Woodville, 
Si; Jno. Deyhoff, Si; Mrs. Jno. Deyhoff, Si; Frederick 
church, S7.60; Beaver Dam church, $6,50; Henry 
Thompson, Kearney, §1.50; Manor church, S36; total, 264 95 

filinois.—U. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, S50; Moses Bru- 
baker, Girard, 55; Dorcas Sewing Society, Virden, S5; 
a member, 50 cents; Salem Sunday school. S3.32; 
Maria Swank, Cerrogordo, Sio; J. W. Harshbarger, 
Girard, $2; West Branch church, S25; James W. Gib- 
son, Virden, $10; Louisa Vaniman, Virden, SS; Cerro- 
gordo church, S431 Cerrogordo Sunday school, $12.57; 
I ine Creek church, S32; a sister, Mt. Morris, $25; total, 228 39 

O/uo.—G. W. Brumbaugh, Dayton, $2; Salem 
church, $4.60; Silver Creek church, S21.50; Maple 
Grove church, ss.90; a brother, Lindsey, $1; Middle 

■strict church. $2; Donnel's Creek church, S50; Lud- 
low church, SS; Mary Darst, Dayton, $2; W. D. Long, 
Jji Harris Creek church, $14.60; sister D. F. Kelly, 
North Georgetown, 50 cents; Mahoning church. $25- 



Mr: 



Cathari 



\\ lui 



/ 'irginia 
grcgation, 



r, Stoney Man.Si; Midland cou- 
'o sisters, Timberville, Si; J. A. 
and M. A. Trout and family, Thaxton, Si; Green- 
mount District church, $8.74; Cooks Creek congrega- 
tion, S40; Fishers Hill, §17.25; Josie Myers, 

Broadway, 50 cents; total 

Indiana.— Q. M. Wenger, South Bend, $5; Ann Ru- 
pel, South Bend, Ss; a sister, Ladoga, 25 cents; Milt 
K. Reiff and wife, $2.50; Blue River church, $10.12; 
Turkey Creek church, $5; Monticello church, S4.31; 
Tippecanoe church, $4-5°; Eel River church, $9.(6; 
total 

Indiana.— White church, $5.50; White church, 75 
cents; Stony Creek church, S2.57; Solomon's Creek 
church, S2.82; Pipe Creek church, S21.S8; Jacob Whit- 
mcr, South Mend, $5; total 

fowa.—A sister, Panther. $2; Li^ie Higgs, Max- 
well, $s; Des Moines Valley church, $8.75; a brother, 
Garrison, $1 ; Katie M. Strickler, Ivester, Si ; Flora L. 
Moore. 50 cents; Green church, $1.50; a sister, Ivester, 
$S; total, ,' 

West Virginia.— Beaver Run church, Sio; Tear- 
coat church, $14; total, 

Minnesota. — Winona church, 

Arkansas. — Palestine church 

Kansas. , Caney, 25 cents; D. Vaniman, 

McPherson, S2; total, ,' 

Florida.— Pine Grove Sunday school 

Idaho. — A brother, 

Children's Mission 

Nebraska.— K sister. Falls City 



Total, 



World-wide Missions $ 61484 $ 88606 

Book and Tract Fund, 216 36 77 58 

India Fund, 71 21 152 27 

Asia Minor Mission, Sg 00 784 73 

Washington Meetinghouse, 1,24460 1090 

Smyrna Orphanage 607 37 

Foreign Missions, 95 i 

"Total, , $2,908 48 SL911 54 

Tracts sent out 47,184 34523 

Correction.— In November, under Washington receipts, 
May Oiler, Waynesboro, Pa , SS, should be Mary Ober, MiU- 



Mt. Morris, III. 



From Pierce, Ohio. 



By request of the brethren and sisters of the Por- 
tage church, Wood County, Ohio, I commenced a 
series of meetings in, what is known as, the Clover- 
dale house, on the morning of Nov. 29, and closed 
on the evening of Dec. 18. This point is somewhat 
new, said churchhouse having been built but four 
or five years ago. This being a union house, 
Brethren worship there only once a month. The 
United Brethren church and " Christian Union " 
hold the greater portion of meetings, and have en- 
deavored to make the way to heaven quite easy. 
To obey all the requirements of the Gospel, they 
think, is needless. Our meetings were largely at- 
tended, and excellent attention was given to the 
Word preached. We turned the attention of the 
people to our doctrine. As a result, a wonderful 
stir was made. A strong sentiment was created in 
favor of the Brethren. This again proves that 
Truth will prevail. As an immediate result three 
precious souls were added to the church by bap- 
tism. Each one of them had been connected with 



years ago, when Eld. J. F. Cline moved into this 
church from Goodland, Kansas. Our council 
passed off very pleasantly. This church has five 



a popula 
feel the 






and 1 



Quite a m 
salvation, 
have bt 



The 



seed has been 
iade that will not 



I be 1 



I arrived home safely, but was sorry to find m 
'ife sick. She is convalescent, again, however. 
Reuben Shrover. 
Pierce, Ohio, Dec. jo. 



places of regular meeting each 
meetings are held. The past year we 
Communion meeting and three series of 
One was held by the home ministers, or 
J. M. Mohler, of Lewistown, Pa., and on 
M. M. Eshelman, of Californ 
and three children's meetings 



md eight 
had one 
meetings. 
: by Bro. 

and one by Bro. 

A Bible Normal 
ducted 



by Bro. Eshelman. We have no Brethren Sunday 
school, as we are too much scattered, yet many of 
our members attend the union schools. 

During the year five were added to our number 
by baptism, and two letters were given. No deaths 
occurred during the year. We have no church 
building. Our meetings are mostly held in school- 
houses, but we hope the day is not far distant, 
when we will have a churchhouse, in this arm of the 
church, owned by the Brethren. Philip Landis. 

Osborne, Kans. 

Prom the Olendale Congregation, Arizona. 

As decided at our last quarterly council, we be- 
gan a series of meetings on the evening of Dec. 19, 
and continued until the evening of the 26th. Bro. 
Hiram Forney, of Milford, Ind., had promised to 
be with us, but, through ill health, he was detained, 
so the home brethren conducted the meetings. We 
had no accessions, but we feel the cause was 
strengthened. 

Dec. 22 we held our council, preparatory to our 
love feast on Christmas eve. A large amount of 
me before the meeting, but was amica- 
d of. Four were received by letter,— 



bly dis 

two of them ; 

Ou 
pleasant; twenty-sevei 
tables of the Lord. Bi 

On Christmas Day w 
addresses to the childr 
of Christ. Following 
class of twelve childre 
last April, with fifteen 
increase until Christmas t 
gratifying, as they 

In c 



From the North Solomon Church, Kans. 

The members of the North Solomon church met 
in quarterly council Dec. 26, Nearly all the mem- 
bers were present, excepting those who had a great 
distance to come. The meeting was held in the 
Lerew schoolhouse, two miles from the town of 
Portis. This church extends over a territory of 
about fifty miles square, with a membership of fifty, 
including three ministers (two of whom are elders), 
one in the second degree, and four deacons. This 
church never had a resident elder until about two 



n the deacon's 

'ice was interesting and 
nembers surrounded the 
C. E. Gillett officiated, 
mjoyed a number of short 
on the birth and mission 
e heard the report of a 
who had been entrusted, 
ts apiece, to invest and 
Their success was 
0.80 for missions, 
with a call from Globe, Ariz., Bro. 
sent there to do missionary work, 
— to labor for the best interests of the cause. Bro. 
Charles is full of the spirit, and we feel that he may 
do the people much good. The class above men- 
tioned unanimously voted that their money be used 
in the Globe mission. Walter Swihart, 

Dec. 27. 



bers i 



From the Falrvlew Church, Iowa. 


members of 
ore earnest 


jur church ar 
n the work 


e becoming 
of the Lord. 


meetings are 
that these 
ing our faith 
d friends to 


increasing in 

neetings are 

We much d 


numbers, a 
the best me 
esire all the 
enjoy them. 



Our Sunday school continues with growing inter- 
est. Last spring five cents was given each scholar, 
to be used and increased, in a legitimate way, and to 
be returned in six months. Last Sunday it was de- 
cided by the school to divide the proceeds, S15. 26, 
as follows: Half to the Chicago Mission and the 
other half to the Smyrna Orphanage. We are us- 
ing the Brethren's literature, and also the new Song 
Book. We like the new songs very much. 

Our ministers are now kept quite busy, as they 
have opened several new mission points. The first 
Sunday of December brethren O. Ogden and O. W. 
Leavell went to the County farm. On Saturday 
evening they preached at the Sharon school-house. 
Dec. 11, 12 and 13 Eld. Martin Replogle and Bro. 
H. A. Whisler were at Omaha, Mo. Dec. 19 and 20 
Eld. Replogle and Bro. O. W. Leavell were at 
Drakeville, Iowa. Regular appointments were left 
at all these places. 

Bro. T. B. Sell is doing efficient work at Drake- 
ville, distributing tracts. Bro. Sell being depot 
agent, he and family have a very trying position for 
an isolated family, but they are loyal to the cause, 



44 



THE GOSPEL ZMZESSEHSTQ-IEIR.. 



January 16, 18971 



and keep their light shining. They had the way 
splendidly opened with the tracts. If all isolated 
members would thus prepare the way, our doctrine 
might reach many whom it does not reach now. 
There is a splendid interest at all the places. A 



giv 



for the Bread of Life. Oh, if < 
awaken and help our ministers 
that they might spend more tin 
doctrinal numbers of our paper 
They aroused much interest in 
Last Sunday three members ' 
ter, — Bro. Peter and sister F01 
Forney 



eed of 



nany are hungering 
ur laity would only 
n a financial way, so 
e in the work! The 
are all distributed. 

/ere received by let- 
ney, and son. Bro. 
:hurch stands great- 
ive gladly welcome 



Chri 



we held our regular prayei 

he Pearl of Great Price." 

1 Christmas Day, and also c 



Weal- 



ing. Subject 
so had servic< 
Year's night. 

It was like receiving the news of the death of a 
loved friend, to learn that our Missionary Visitor has 
been discontinued, We enjoyed it very much. Our 
Messenger agent is doing a good work, as she has 
received eighteen subscribers for our church paper. 
Some of them are not members. Let our agents 
work hard! We feel that there is a great work for 
them to do. Myrta Leavell, 

Unionvilie, Iowa, Dec. 2Q. 

From Frederick, Md. 

" The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are 
few." Yesterday we were made to feel the impor- 
tance of this Scripture, having three appointments 
to fill in one day. Our hearts yearned for the help 
of some of our brethren whose turn to preach comes 
but once every four or six weeks. 

The most impressive, and also the most enjoyable 
appointment to us was at our County Almshouse, 
where we have been holding meetings frequently. 
To some it might not be, but Jesus says to John 
that the poor have the Gospel preached to them. 
Truly the inmates of the Almshouse are to be pit- 
ied. Many have no intellect and no spirit, but 
when those hearty handshakes are given us, and so 
many tell us, " Come again," our eyes overflow in 
sympathy. 

Our services are composed of more singing than 
talking. We have one old sister there yet, and we 
had prayer with her in the sick-ward. She longs to 
go home and be with Jesus. We sang the beautiful 
hymn, " A Thousand Years with Jesus." Though 
she is exceedingly weak, she could not refrain from 
clapping her hands. 

I am sometimes made to think there will be wit- 
nesses against us where we least expect. Think of 
the poor, brethren, lest we be condemned for our 
neglect! P. D. Fahrney. 

Jan. 4. 

From Eglon, W. Va. 

Bro. George S. Arnold, of Burlington, W. Va., 
commenced a series of meetings at this place Dec. 
12, and closed the 23rd, with seven accessions by 
confession and baptism. On the evening of the 
15th, after preaching, our young minister and dea- 
. cons were installed. At some of the meetings we 
were favored with the presence of brethren lames 
Beechly and Arthur W. Arnold. 

We had a glorious meeting. Three of those bap- 
tized were heads of families, and had been members 
of other churches. Bro. Arnold preached each 
night and twice each Sunday. He also made many 
calls during the day. On Dec. 25 Bro. Tobias S. 
Fike, who, with his family, had returned from Illi- 
nois to his old home again, began a series of meet- 
ings at the Brookside church and closed Dec. 29. 
Bro. Fike having contracted a bad cold, he was not 
able to preach longer. Bro. A. W. Arnold preached 
twice on Sunday. There were no additions. 

In this congregation, during the past year, there 
were ihirty baptized; four reclaimed, and eleven re- 
ceived by letter. Eleven persons have not handed 
in their letters. We lost two by death, and eleven 
that left the church. Rachel WeIMBK, 



The Brethren's Bible Schools of Northeastern Ohio. 



n the Sandy church, near 
1 Co., Ohio, on the C. & P. 
ia P., Ft. W. & C. R. R. 
All will be met at Home- 
. B. F. Roose, Homeworth, 



These schools will be held at the following 
places and dates: 

From Feb. I to 10, 
Homeworth, Columbia 
R. R. Those coming 
change cars at Allianci 
worth, by informing B: 
Ohio. 

From Feb. 11 to 20, in the Mohican church, 
Wayne Co., Ohio. Those coming via P., Ft. W. & 
C. R. R. should stop at Wooster, or via N. Y., P. & 
O., at West Salem, or via B. & O., at Overton. All 
will be met at the above stations by addressing 
Bro. J. W. Budd, Lattasburg, Ohio. 

Abraham Horst, Sec. of Com. 

Ballon, Ohio Jan. 8. 



Notes from Manassas, Va. 



-No 



5 Bro. Albert Hollinger, of Washington, 
D. C, commenced a two-weeks' series of meetings 
in the Cannon Branch meetinghouse. A number of 
his first sermons were directed to the members, im- 
pressing upon them the fact that simply being a 
member of the church will save no one. By his 
efforts the members were much built up and thir- 
teen dear souls were made willing to put on Christ 
in Christian baptism. One is a grandmother of 
fifty, one a young brother whose wife was a mem- 
ber, two are a young brother and his wife, and the 
others are young Sunday school scholars, whose 
ages range from ten to twenty. Six of these belong 
to the Nokesville congregation. 

— As we are comparatively close to Washington, 
Bro. Hollinger made frequent trips to the city dur- 
ing the two weeks, attending to his Sunday services 
and to other business. He also visited nearly all 
our members, while with us, as well as some others. 

—Our Thanksgiving meeting occurred during 
these meetings, but as Bro. Hollinger could not be 
with us, the home ministers improved the occasion. 
At the close of the meeting a collection was taken 
for the General Mission Fund, and nearly five dol- 
lars was contributed. 

— Our preparatory meeting took place Nov. 21, 
at 1 P. M. Considerable business was transacted. 
One brother, a minister in the first degree, was re- 
ceived by letter. His wife is also a member, but 
was not present at the time. 

—Our love feast took place No". 28, commenc- 
ing at 3 P. M. The beautiful weather we enjoyed, 
all through our meetings, was now changed to rain. 
It rained all afternoon, all night, and nearly all 
next day. In consequence of this some members 
and many friends were not able to be in attendance, 
but we had one of the best and quietest feasts I 
ever attended. One hundred and eleven surround- 
ed the table of the Lord and were richly fed by 
Bro. Hollinger, Eld. Holsinger, and others. The 
meeting closed at an early hour, so that Bro. Hol- 
linger could go to the city that same night. 

— It is our custom to hold public services on 
Christmas. In accordance with this custom we had 
a pleasant meeting on that day. We think this is 
better than to spend the whole day visiting and 
feasting. 

—For several years we have kept up our Sunday 
school nine months in the year. On the last Sun- 
day in December we closed the present term. 
This does not seem the proper thing to do, and if 
all the members would take a part in this grand 
work, it would not be any trouble to have an ever- 
green school. We hope that the time will soon 
come when we shall have a school all the year. 

—Our little church raised about 830 for the 
Washington meetinghouse and lot. 

—Jan. 2 we met in quarterly council. There was 
a rather small attendance. A number of members 
from the Nokesville congregation were present. 
Among other business was the appointment of so- 
licitors and a sexton. Seven letters were given to 
members moving into the adjoining congregation, 
among them one of our ministers. 

—During the past year we received twelve by 
baptism and seven by letter, and granted ten let- 



ters; two of these are, however, to two young breth- 
ren attending college, and who did not leave us 
permanently. When our church was organized, 
July 31, 1895, we had forty-five members. Now we 
have sixty-seven, including three ministers. 

— I cannot close these notes without referring 
to our beautiful fall and winter. With the excep- 
tion of two little snow-storms we have had excep- 
tionally favorable weather. At present it seems 
more like spring than winter. Our roads are like 
they are in summer. We have now been here over 
four years, and we have found this a good place to 
live. The climate is considered healthful, society 
is good, schools and churches are abundant, and 
almost anything that suits the latitude can be 
raised successfully. We are only one hour from 
Washington, D. C, having access to one of the best 
railroads in the country (the Southern). We in- 
vite homeseekers to come this way, as land can still 
be had at reasonable prices. J. E. Blough. 

Manassas, Va., Jan. 5. 



From Hawthorn, Fla. 



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Bro. C. D. Hylton, assisted by Bro. Lahman, 
commenced a protracted meeting at the Pine Grove 
church, two miles north of Hawthorn, on the even- 
ing of Dec. 16, and continued each evening until 
the end of the year. Six were added to the church, 
five of whom ranged in age from nine to twelve 
years. O how our hearts did rejoice to see these 
dear little Iambs come into the tender Shepherd's 
fold on Christmas Day! 

Jan. I we held our church-meeting, i 
dear Bro. Neher tendered his resignatioi 
seer of the Keuka church, to go to othe 
labor. The church granted his request, and accept- 
ed Bro. C. D. Hylton as our elder. 

Jan. s we received one member by baptism, who 
lingered outside until the eleventh hour. We again 
returned to the churchhouse, where the church 
held an election for a minister and a deacon, which 
resulted in choosing the writer to the ministry and 
Bro. J. D. Teeter to the office of deacon. They 
were duly installed, after which thirty-eight of the 
Lord's children surrounded the Lord's tables, to 
feast on heavenly things. On Sunday Bro. Neher, 
who so faithfully labored with the Keuka church 
for twelve years, preached his farewell sermon from 
2 Cor. 13; 11. We regretted giving the parting 
hand to our dear brother and his family. 

D. E. Stover. 

Jan. 4. 



Notes x from » our x Correspondents. 



Ephrata, Pa.— Bro. Henry Hollinger, of Fontana, 
Pa., came to us Dec. 19, and stayed till Jan. 4, 
preaching every evening for fifteen evenings, to 
large congregations. We trust the seed was not 
sown in vain.—/. R. Royerjan. 5. 

Bannerville, Pa.— Bro. J. M. Mohler, of Lewis- 
town, Pa., who has been laboring in the mission in 
the Western States the greater part of 1896, favored 
us with a series of meetings from Dec. 28 to Jan. 
5, — eleven meetings in all. Four dear souls united 
with the church, and much good seed has been 
sown. — /. B. Shclhnherger, Jan. 7. 

Harlan Church, Iowa.— We met in council Jan. 
2. Our elder, Bro. John Diehl, was with us. Ev- 
erything passed off harmoniously. We had a three 
weeks' series of meetings in December. Bro. H. R. 
Taylor, of Deep River, Iowa, did the preaching. 
We expect Bro. R. A. Yoder, of Kansas, to be here 
next Saturday, to hold some meetings. — Nancy J. 
Miller, Jan. s. 

Ohiques Church, Pa.— We have received by bap- 
tism, since Jan. I, 1896, twenty-one members; by 
letter, nine; reclaimed, one; lost by death, sixteen; 
by letter, fourteen; disowned, one. This leaves us 
just where we started last year, in numbers. 
Among those that died were two ministers. We 
hope our loss is their eternal gain. — Henry S. Zug. 
Mastersonville, Pa., Jan. 4. 



January 16, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL MESSEKTGEE,. 



\i 



Naperville Chnrch, 111.— Bro. Aaron Sollenberge 
came to us Dec. 19, and conducted a very interest- 
ing series of meetings. He preached twenty ser- 
mons, which were much appreciated by all. One 
was added to the laid— Sarah Barkdoll. 

Oakley, 111. — This church met in regular quarter- 
ly council Dec. 31. All business that came before 
the meeting was disposed of in a pleasant way 
Five letters of membership were given Our Sun- 
day school was re-organized by electing Bro. W. T, 
Heckman, Superintendent. Arrangements were 
made to hold a series of meetings early the coming 
fall.— D.J. Blickenstafl.Jan, 4. 

Middletown, Ind.— At our appointments yester- 
day, Bro. H. L. Fadely did the preaching morning 
and evening. His subject in the morning 
" Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finishe 
our Faith." In the evening his text was, " 
Master is come and calleth for thee." We shall 
have preaching hereafter on the first and third Sun- 
day of each month. — Floiida J. E. Green, Jan. 4. 

Panther Creek Church, 111.— Nov. 27 Bro. M. M. 
Eshelman, of California, came to us and began a 
series of meetings, which continued until Dec. 13. 
During these meetings we had a Bible Normal ses- 
sion for one hour each afternoon, which was both 
interesting and instructive. We have learned much 
pertaining to Christ's life while here on earth. We 
feel that these meetings have done us much good. 
One dear soul gave her heart to the Lord.—/./. 
Smith, Roanoke, III., Jan. 3. 

Meyersdale, Pa.— We met in council Jan. 1. 
Kverything passed off nicely. Part of the business 
was to properly appropriate S36.73, donated 
Thanksgiving Day, and S14.43 in the contribution 
box. We decided to send two-thirds to the Gen- 
eral Mission and one-third to the Home Mission. 
Our Sunday school still keeps up with a good in- 
terest, and our meetings are well attended. Our 
elder, C. G. Lint, who had an attack of lung fever, 
is improving at present.—/. C Johnson, Jan. 5. 

St. Vrain Church, Colo.— This church met in 
quarterly council Jan. 2, and endeavored to transact 
the business that came before it in a spirit of love. 
This church has been passing through some pain- 
ful trials during the past year, but we are praying 
that these trials may be as a refiner's fire, burning 
out all the dross. We trust that all clouds may 
soon be lifted, and that we may begin to do ag- 
gressive work for God, and save souls for the king- 
dom. — A. C. Snowberger, Longmont, Colo , Jan. 5. 

Yellow River Chnrch, Ind.— On Monday, Dec. 
14, Bro. J. V. Felthouse, of Elkhart, Ind., began a 
series of meetings at this place, continuing until 
Jan. 5. He preached, in all, thirty interesting ser- 
mons. Six dear souls decided to forsake sin and 
were baptized. On Sunday, Dec. 13, Bro. Frank 
Fisher, of Mexico, Ind , came to us and preached a 
very interesting sermon that day. He was also 
with us in the evening. Since our last report two 
were received by letter.— Alice Yoder, Bombon, Ind., 
Jan. 6. 

Palling Spring Church, Pa.— Bro. Orville V. 
Long, of Abbottstown, Adams Co., Pa., came to us 
Dec. 21, and remained until Jan. 3. He preached, 
m all, seventeen heart-searching and soul-inspiring 
discourses, which made sinners tremble and saints 
rejoice. Nine were baptized and one. reclaimed, 
who had been away from the fold for a number of 
years. All are heads of families, save one young 
sister. Their ages range from eighteen to sixty. 
The meeting was held at the Shady Grove house — 
Wm. C. Koontz, Shady Grove, Pa. 

Burroak, Kans — Bro. Gilbert and wife, of Belle- 
ville, are now with us. We have been enjoying a 
series of sermons from Bro. Gilbert, on the subject 
of the "Creation of the Earth." The series was 
finished this evening, with a sermon on the "Crea- 
tion of Man." Each service was preceded by a half- 
hour song-service, which was very enjoyable. Bro. 
Gilbert will continue the meetings over Sunday, at 
which time Bro. Jarboe is expected to be with us, 
to begin a series of meetings, assisted by the home 
mimstty.-EmmaJ, Modlin, Dec. 30, 



Mansfield, 111.— The Blue Ridge church, Piatt 
Co., 111., met in quarterly council Jan. 3. The b 
ness was transacted in love and union. We 
organized our Sunday school with Bro. S. P. Knupp 
as Superintendent. The Lord willing, we expect 
Bro. M. Flory to begin meetings in the Mansfield 
church Jan. g. — Bemice Ashmore.Jan. 4. 

Blue River Church, Ind.— At our meeting on 
Thanksgiving Day we took up a collection for the 
Washington churchhouse, amounting to S10. Dec. 
5 we held our last quarterly council for 1895, Con- 
siderable business came before the meeting. We 
intend to hold a series of meetings in the near fu- 
ture, to be conducted by Bro. Daniel Wysong, of 
Nappanee, Ind.— Levi Zumbrun, Wolfe Lake, Ind., 
Jan. 5. 

Montgomery, Pa.— Bro. Brice Sell, of Newry, 
Blair Co., Pa., came to the Montgomery congrega- 
tion Jan. 2, and began a series of meetings on the 
subject of " Degenerate." Bro. Sell is handling the 
subject with marked ability. His efforts will, we 
think, result in much good. Eld. J. C. Johnson, of 
Uniontown, Pa., is expected to be with us in Feb- 
ruary, to finish some of the work begun here last 
summer.-* H. Spicher, Ord, Pa., Jan. 5. 

Hoaglin, Ohio.— We closed our meetings at the 
Lichty schoolhouse on the evening of Dec. 28, with 
five accessions. One person who claimed to be a 
man of God (?) came into the neighborhood and 
visited all those who had applied for membership, 
and told them that there was no need of being bap- 
tized. He persuaded one out of the six applicants 
not to be baptized, yet in my presence he would 
talk in favor of baptism. Such a course certainly 
is deceptive. We supplied those young members 
with a prayer meeting.— Jacob Heisland, Jan. 6. 

North Beatrice Church, Nebr.— Dec. 19 Bro. D. 
L. Miller came to the North Beatrice church. He 
gave us four of his most interesting Bible Land 
talks to well-filled houses. Many who never seemed 
much concerned about Bible study before, became 
much interested. We wish more of our Eastern 
Brethren could see the need of helping to build up 
the work in the West. Last Sunday we re-organized 
our Sunday school. Our school is growing in num- 
ber and interest. One young man was baptized 
last Sunday. — M. L. Sollenberger, Beatrice, Ncbr., 
Jan. I. 

Camp Creek Church, 111.— We are glad to report 
a short series of meetings, conducted by Bro. Gran- 
ville Nevinger, of Fayette County, 111. Bro. Nev- 
inger preached fourteen discourses, in all. In a 
special sermon on " Secret Societies," he gave the 
reasons why we do not admit any one to our mem- 
bership who belongs to a secret organization, unless 
he promises to withdraw from such societies. This 
sermon, as well as all his discourses, was well re- 
ceived. We had the pleasure of seeing five young 
souls added to the church by baptism. — S. S. Hum- 
mer, Colchester, III., Jan. 4, 

Greenwood Church, Mo.— Bro. Lemuel Hillery 
and family came to us Nov. 21. He preached 
fifteen sermons for us; then went to Cabool and 
preached fourteen sermons. He also delivered 
four sermons at Mountain Grove. Although there 
were no accessions to the church, we feel that no 
series of meetings, ever held here, was productive 
of more good. We all gained much knowledge of 
Bible truths. It was, to the Brethren, a Bible term 
of instruction, and has set many others to searching 
the Scriptures to see if these things arc so.— 5. M. 
Stevens, Cabool, Mo., Jan. 2. 

Lanark, 111. — The church at this place is moving 
along pleasantly. At our quarterly council, Jan. 7, 
one member that had wandered from the fold was 
restored to fellowship. One was baptized recently. 
We are now impressed, more than ever, with the 
importance of every disciple being a worker. Spir- 
itual tramps and loafers are very unprofitable to 
the cause of Christianity. If the church depended 
upon the work done by such persons, it would soon 
sink into the grave of oblivion and our posterity be 
consigned to heathendom. Let us all wake up, 
brethren! — /. Bennett Trout, Jan. 11, 



Markleysburg, Pa.— We just closed an interest- 
ing series of meetings at the New Union church, 
within the bounds of the above-named congrega- 
tion. Eleven precious souls were buried with 
Christ in baptism. As Bro. Barnthouse, the ad- 
ministrator, was but ten minutes performing the 
solemn rite, it may readily be seen how three thou- 
sand could be baptized by triune immersion on the 
Day of Pentecost. Jan. 1 we had our council, 
which was an unusually enjoyable one to all pres- 
ent. April next we expect to elect several deacons 
and a minister.— M.J. Wilier, Jan, 2. 

Bear Creek Church, Ohio.— We met in quarterly 
council Dec. 2. We had a good meeting. Christ- 
mas was set apart as the day on which to collect 
funds for our Home Mission Fund. On the evening 
of Dec. 13, Bro. A. G. Crosswhite, of Gratis, Ohio, be- 
gan a series of meetings for us, and continued until 
Thursday evening, Dec. 31. We had a very good 
meeting, attentive listeners, and perfect order every 
night. Bro. Crosswhite did not only preach at the 
churchhouse. but had three short services with sick 
members who could not attend our regular meet- 
ings. While we had no accessions, yet some were 
seriously impressed.— losiah Eby.Jan.j. 

McPheraon, Kans.— Yesterday the McPherson 
church met in quarterly council. Eld. Michael 
Keller, from the East McPherson church, was pres- 
ent to assist in the election of a minister. The 
choice fell upon our dear young brother, George 
Kuns, whose faith and piety are well worthy the 
emulation of older brethren and sisters. All the 
business of the church was adjusted in love and 
union. Our series of meetings, for which work 
Bro. J. J. Yoder, of Monitor, Kans., has been select- 
ed, will begin next Sunday. Preparatory to that 
important work, we are meeting for prayer and ex- 
hortation each evening this week.— C. E. Arnold, 
Jan. 5. 

Pleasant Prairie Chinch, Iowa.— We met in 
quarterly council Jan. 2, 1897. All the business 
was disposed of in a pleasant manner. Not an un- 
kind word was spoken during the entire meeting. 
It was a meeting that will long be remembered for 
the wholesome instruction given by our elder, D. A. 
Miller, and others. In reviewing the work of the 
church during the year 1896, we find that there 
were twenty accessions by baptism, two by letter, 
and eight letters granted. We held one series of 
meetings. Two ministers and one deacon were 
elected. Fifteen dollars was sent to the home mis- 
sion. A flourishing Sunday school has been sus- 
tained throughout the year.— C. H. Maust, Slruble, 
Iowa, Jan. 2. 

Barron Church, Wis,— This church has just 
closed a glorious series of meetings, conducted by 
Bro. C. P. Rowland, of Lanark, 111. He com- 
menced meetings on the evening of Dec. 12, and 
closed Dec. 31, preaching, in all, twenty-four ser- 
mons. He did not fail to properly present the true 
Gospel. Saints were built up and sinners brought 
to see their true condition. There has been a great 
deal of searching of the Scriptures. We held our 
quarterly council Dec. 26. All business before the 
meeting was disposed of in a Christian-like spirit, 
was added to the church by baptism, five by 
letter and one reclaimed. Our brother goes from 
here to labor in the Irvin Creek church. — Malinda 
Williams, Barron, Wis., Jan. 3. 

Logan Church, Ohio— Bro. D. S. Filbrum came 
to this church Dec. 15, and labored with great ear- 
nestness until the evening of Jan. 3, preaching 
thirty-three sermons. Eight dear ones came out on 
Lord's side,— mostly young in years, but faith- 
Sunday school scholars. Our meetings were 
made far more interesting by a half hour's song 
ice each evening before preaching, conducted 
by Bro. Samuel Chrowl, who freely lent his time 
d talent to make this part of our meeting a suc- 
ss. Our Sunday school, this year, is evergreen, — 
e first time. The District Meeting for North- 
western Ohio will be held in our church next 
pring. Sister Addie Kaylor, of the City Mission, 
Fostoria, spent several days with us during our late 
meetings.— /d/m R. Snyder, Belle/ouUune, Ohio, Jan. 5, 



THE GOSPEL ZMIESSEHSrO-E-R. 



January 16, 1897. 



Iowa River Church, Iowa. — Eld. 
James Thomas, of Prairie City, came to 
us Dec. 24 and gave us eight impres- 
sive sermons. Though none were 
made willing to accept Christ, we hope 
for good results.— Ellen Nicholson, Rock- 
ton, Iowa, Jan. 1. 

Lima, Ohio.— I am now engaged in a 
series of meetings in this city. I com- 
menced last Tuesday night. The in- 
terest seems good. One precious soul 
accepted Christ. Others are near the 
kingdom. I cannot tell how long I 
shall continue.— 0. C.Ellis, River, Ind., 
Jan. 5. 

Summit Church, Va.— Sunday night, 
Dec. 2;, closed a very interesting series 
of meetings. Bro. H. C. Early came 
to us on the evening of the 13th, and 
preached fifteen soul-cheering sermons. 
May it be as seed sown on good 
ground, and bring much fruit to per- 
fection!— 5. E. Miller, Stonewall, Va., 
Dec. jo. 

Sawyer, Kans.— The members of the 
Bethel church met in quarterly council 
Dec. 12. Everything passed off pleas- 
antly. Bro. J. H. Shamberger was ad- 
vanced to the second degree of the 
ministry and properly installed by Eld. 
E. Eby. May God's richest blessings 
attend him and his wife in this impor- 
tant work!—/. H. Miller, Dec. 24. 

Laporte City, Iowa.— Our meeting- 
house, about four and a quarter miles 
north-east of Laporte City, was burned 
last Saturday night. It is supposed to 
have been the act of some evil-minded 
person. Bro. J. G. Royer did some ex- 
cellent preaching in that house soon 
after it came into the hands of the 
Brethren. We are without a meeting- 
house now, and have but few members. 
—D. B. Teeter, Jan. 1. 

Woodbury Church, Pa.— Nov. 21 we 
held our quarterly council. Brethren 
Emmanuel Guyer and David l'ote were 
elected to the office of deacon. The 
installation took place Dec. 27. Yes- 
terday evening, Jan. 2, we began a 
series of meetings at the Replogle 
meetinghouse. Bro. John Bennet, of 
Artemas, l'a., is doing the preaching 
May his labors be crowned with suc- 
cess!—/. C. Stayer, Jan. j. 

Farnhamville, Iowa. — Eld. S. M. 
Miller, of Waterloo, Iowa, came to us 
Dec. 25, and p-eached each evening till 
the 29th. We hope lasting impressions 
were made. To become better ac- 
quainted, Bro. Miller visited from 
house to house among the members 
during the day. We held our quarter- 
ly council Dec. 28. All business was 
disposed of pleasantly. We decided 
to resume our social prayer meetin; 
— Martha Ikcnberry, Dec.ji. 

North Poplar Ridge Church, Ohio 
The church met in quarterly council 
this place Dec. 5. Considerable bi 
ness was transacted. Bro. John Flory 
was forwarded to the second degri 
the ministry. We also began a s 
of meetings on the night of the 5th, 
conducted mostly by Bro. Perry Mc- 
Kimmey, of Metamora, Ohio. Our 
meetings closed Dec. 27. Bro, G. W. 
Sellers, of Bryan, Ohio, assisted in the 
work most of the time. Thirteen were 
baptized and three reclaimed. Others 
were almost persuaded. — Sarah M. 
Hornish, Domerville, Ohio. 



Union Bridge, Md.— 1 just returned 
3m a very pleasant series of services 
th the Brethren ot the Hatfield con- 
gregation, Pa. (F. P. Cassel, elder). 
The first services in their new house in 
Lansdale were held Dec. 20, and were 
ivcd by services each evening un- 
til Dec. 30. We had very attentive au- 
;es and good meetings. — E. W. 
Sforter, Dec. ji. 

Grundy County Church, Iowa.— The 
embers of the above-named church 
began a series of meetings Dec. 5, and 
continued for about three weeks. The 
best of order prevailed during these 
meetings, and an increasing interest 
nanifest, when Bro. G .rver had to 
There were no accessions to 
the church, yet we must say that Bro. 
Garver did his part of the work well. — 
Alda E. Albright, Eldora, Iowa, Jan 4. 

Labette Church, Kans.— Bro. Joseph 
Glick commenced preaching Dec. 6, 
d continued until Dec. 27, with good 
attendance and attention. Eleven dear 
uls gave their hearts to God and 
:re baptized. Two who had wan- 
Ted away returned to the fold. Our 
little church was much revived and 
built up in the Master's cause, and 
s were almost persuaded. Bro. 
Glick went Irom here to the Parsons 
;h. — N. Tropp, Altamo*t, Kans , 
Dec. si. 

Harlan Church, Iowa.— Bro. H. R. 
Taylor commenced a series of meetings 
n the Harlan congregation Nov. 14, 
md continued until the evening of 
Dec. 6. By the use of his map, in con- 
nection with his preaching, object les- 
were produced that could not 
have been made so impressive other- 
With his illustrated chart he 
gave us three missionary sermons, that 
made good impressions. The meet- 
js were interesting throughout, and 
11 attended. We are expecting Bro. 
A. Yoder to commence another se- 
s of meetings with us Jan. 9 — N. C. 
Hiatt, Harlan, Iowa, Dec. 28. 

Pimple Hill Church, Va.— Bro. S. A. 
Sanger came to us Nov. 22, and deliv- 
in all, thirteen sermons. Four 
precious souls were added to our little 
band by baptism, and since then one, 
who had wandered away from the fold, 

: back again. The meetings were 
well attended, and an unusual interest 

nanifested. The brethren and si 
ters from the Evergreen church can 

and helped us very much in tl 
song service. Our little church h 
passed through some very dark days, 
but we believe the dark clouds ; 
passing away and a brighter day 
dawning — James F. Jollett, Smithland, 
Va. 

Lavansville, Pa.— Yesterday, — Sun- 
day evening,— was the close of our se- 
ries of meetings at the Kimmel church, 
beginning on Sunday evening. Nov. 29. 
The preaching was done by Bro. R. T. 
Hull,— our home minister. We were 
richly fed with solid Bible truths. Oui 
brother labored earnestly with the 
church and the church with him. We 
believe many were deeply impressed. 
We know that the seed sown will pro- 
duce a copious harvest in the future. 
We had good attendance throughout 
the meetings, and the best of order. 
Bro. Hull deserves much credit for his 
efforts in the upbuilding of the Mas- 
ter's cause.— G. M. Dickey, Jan. 4. 



Camp Creek Church, Ind.— Bi 
Miller, of the Union Center ch 
Ind., came to us Dec. 12, to hold 
of meetings. He preached, i 
twenty two sermons, and did not 
to rightly declare the counsel of 
dear souls were baptized, 
felt the Spirit moving 
them, but resisted. We hope that 
ill come yet! -/. W. Shively,Jan. 4. 

Sterling, 111. -The Sterling church 
held its quarterly council Jan. 1. Con- 
;s came before the 
meeting, and was disposed of harmoni- 
ly. The church reorganized its 
Sunday school for the year, placing 
young members in most of the offices, 
which, we trust, will be a means of 
naking them all more efficient work- 
:rs in the Master's vineyard. Bro. 
^ranklin Myers, of Mt. Carroll, 111., is 
o conduct a series of meetings for us 
n February. — P, R. Keltner. 

Jonathan Creek Church, Ohio.— To 

this church the year 1896 has not been 

perous as some former years. 

We lost one of our large churchhouses, 

hit h had to be rebuilt at a cost of 

S600. The new house is 30x44 feet in 

ize, painted and slate-roofed. It is 

ot as large as the old one. During 

896 three were baptized, one was re- 

eived by letter, one letter was grant- 

d, one member was lost by death, and 

ne reclaimed. We number only two 

lore than we did in 1895.— Jacob Leck- 

me,Jan. S . 

Logan Church, Ohio.— We closed an 

iteresting series of meetings with 

ight accessions. Bro. David Filbrum 

ame to us and preached, in all, thirty 

ermons. We feel that the Lord has, 

through him, wrought a great work in 

the Logan church, not only in bringing 

Is to Christ, but in encouraging the 

mbers in living lives of holiness. 

Our hearts were made to rejoice to see 

ir children coming to Christ, Six 

;re Sunday school scholars, their ages 

nging from eleven to fourteen years 

J: fie Snyder, Bellefontainc , Ohio, Jan 4. 

Holmesville, Nebr.— The State Sun- 
day School Meeting of Nebraska, 
h met in Holmesville, Nebr., Dec. 
30, 1(896, recommends to all the Breth- 
ren's Sunday schools the use of the 
Brethren's literature. Our quar 
are up to a high standard, and th 
ments are valuable helps to the 
ars. Our Children at Work and the 
You*- g Disciple justly deserve their t 



Lordsburg, Cal. — While doing 
sionary work in Whittier, Cal., I 



tracts at the Reform School. I hope 
they will not only help to reform the 
boys, but be the means of converting 
: of them. — C. S. Holsinger, Dec. 2q. 



The Cosmopolitan for January contains an 
tide concerning "German Students and 
their Absurd Duels," that is well worth a care- 
ful reading. It shows to what an absurd ex- 
nt dueling is carried on in some of the 
hools of Germany. The number contains 
her well-prepared papeis, but we were par- 
:ularly impressed with this one. Published 
at New York. 



The Treasury of Religious Thought for Jan- 
uary is full of good reading matter from begin- 
ning to end. The sermons, and outlines of ser- 
, in this journal, are always interesting, 
and the present issue seems to be, in every re- 
spect, as good as the best. E. B. Treat, Pub- 
lisher, New York. 



ties. The 



Book" 



adapted to Sunday school work. Ou 
patronage means mission funds, sinci 
the Publishing House belongs to th* 
church.— J. S. Dell, Sc. 

South Beatrice Church, Nebr.— Wi 
met in quarterly council Dec. 19. Our 
elder not being able to attend, Bro. 
Shick took charge of the meeting, 
Among the business transacted was the 
electing of our Sunday school officers 
for the coming year. Bro. Perry Over- 
leece was again elected Superintend- 
ent. Five letters were handed in 
Brethren D. L. Miller and C. Hope 
were with us and gave us some g 
counsel. Bro. Miller also gave 
some good " Bible Land Talks," 
preached several sermons. We also 
had a very good Sunday school meet- 
ing, which was interesting. On the 
whole we had a good year. — Lydia Dell, 
\Hamilton t Nebr. 



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Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, 42-44 Bund 
reet, New York, for November last should 
ive been noticed before this. The tenth pa- 
per of the Gen. Robert E. Lee series is, in our 
ation, the best that has yet appeared. It 
relates almost principally to Mrs. Lee during 
ue war, and shows up a side of history that is 
xceedingly touching to read. No one can 
ead this exceedingly interesting chapter with- 
ut being profoundly impressed. While it is 
ad to contemplate war, still it is gratifying to 
find in women some nf the noble qualities here- 
; forth. 



-MATR1MONIAL- 



EMMERT- SHEAFFER.-At the bride's 
une, near Adel, Iowa, Dec. 31, 1896, D. E. 
Bruhaker officiating, Mr. Oliver Emmert and 
ster Mamie Sheaffer. 

SMITH— GISH.— At the home of the bride's 
parents, Juniata, Nebr., Dec. 20, 1896, by the 
undersigned, Charles L. Snvth and Bertie L. 
Gish. N. B. Nelsok. 

KUNS-HORD.— In the Glcndale church, 
Glendale, Ariz., Dec. 27, 1896. by Bro. C. E. 
Gillett, friend George W. Runs, of Glendale, 
Ariz., and Miss Addie Hord, of Clinton, Henry 
Co., Mo. Walter Swihart. 

JOHNS— BESS.— In the Conestoga church, 
Lancaster Co., Pa., at the home of the bride, 
by the undersigned, Bro. Christian M. Johns 
and sister Anna M. Bess. 

Jacob K. Pfautz. 

JACOBS -UTZ.— At the home of the bride's 
parents, Bro. R. O. Utz, near Brightwood, Mad- 
ison Co., Va., Dec. 27, 1896, by the undersigned, 
Mr. Wm. J. Jacobs and Miss Laura Utz, both 
nf the Above-named place. 

Andrew Chambers. 



FALLEN t ASLEEP . . . 



SHUSS.-In the Walnut Valley church, at 
Heizer, Kans., Dec. 24, 1896, of membranous 
croup, Bertha, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob 
Shuss, aged 1 year, 10 months and 7 days. Fu- 
neral services by Bro. J. J. Filbrun, from Luke 
17: 16, 17- Lydia Wbimert. 

BRANDT.— Near Heizer, Kans., Dec. 24, 
1896, Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. 
Brandt, aged 17 years, 9 months and 10 days. 
She was laid lo rest in the Everett cemetery. 
A few remarks at the grave were made by Bro. 
J. J. Filbrun, from Ps. 103: 15. 

Lydia Wejmert. 

METZGAR.— Near Hooversville, Pa., in the 
Quemahoning church, Dec. 26, 1896, Bro. Geo. 
Metzgar, aged 61 years and 9 days. Funeral 
services in the Lutheran church at Stoystown, 
by Bro. J. Frank Diet* and E. J. Bloughr 

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KURTZ— In ihe Silver Creek church, Oh 
Nov. 23, Bro. George Kurtz, aged 79 years, 
months and 4 days. He has stood the burden 
and heat of the day. His wife had gone ovei 
the river some years ago. A. A. Throne. 

MICHAEL.— In the Middle Fork church 
Clinton C<>„ Inch, Dec. 27, 1896, sister Caroline, 
widow of Bro. Samuel Michael, aged 63 years 
and 8 days. She leaves several children. Fu- 
deral services by Eld. Solomon Blickenstaff, 
from Rev. 14: >3- John E- Metzger. 

FRYMOYER— In the bounds* of the Lost 
Creek congregation, near East Salem, Juniata 
Co., Pa., Dec. 22, 1896, Tillie Catharine, daugh- 
ter of Bro. Cochran C. and sister Mary L. Fry- 
mover, aged 10 years, 9 months and 11 days. 
She was taught to pray from infancy. When 
she had said her last prayer, just before the 
spirit took its flight, she sang the chorus, "I 
want to go there, too." She bore her suffering 
with patience. Funeral services by Bro. Solo- 
mon W. Kauffman and the writer, from 2 Sam, 
12: 19. C. G. WlNEY. 

GANTT.— In the bounds of the Blue Creek 
church, Paulding Co., Ohio, Dec. 24, 1896, of 
membranous croup, Leo Mary, daughter of 
Charley and Hettie Gantt, aged 9 years, 4 
months and 2 days. She leaves a kind father 
and mother, three sisters and one brother. 
Funeral services by the writer from Jer. 22: 10. 



i Ha 



GANTT.— In the bounds of the Blue Creek 
church, Paulding Co., Ohio, Aug. 5, 1896, of 
cholera infantum, Samuel, infant son of Char- 
ley and Hettie Gantt, aged 5 months and 9 
days. Funeral services by the writer, from 2 
Kings 4: 26, James Harp. 

LEAK.— In the Eel River church, Ind., Dec. 
19, 1896, Cora Florence, daughter of friend Al- 
vin and Lydia Leak, aged 9 months and 2 
days. Funeral services by Bro. W. R. Deeter 
and the writer. Samuel Leckrone. 

HORN.— In the bounds of the Poudre Val- 
ley church, Colo., Dec. 16, 1896, of a complica- 
tion of diseases, Bro. Thomas Horn. He was 
born July 22, 1824, in Brichington, Kent. Eng- 



land. Oct. 12, 

to Elizabeth R. Marsh, who still • 
December, 1854. they landed ir 
City. Four children were born to 
whom preceded t 



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New York 



from the words, "It 



1 to the spirit world. Fu- 
neral services from Ps. 103: 15-19; 1 Cor. 15, 
4^-58. D. A. Chambers. 

CRIST.— In the Maple Grove church, John- 
son Co., Kans., Dec. 30, 1896, Levi E., son of 
I. H. and Sarah Crist, aged 7 years, 4 months 
and 9 days. Ten days before his death be 
1 from which blood poi: 
vices by Eld. G. E. Wi 
is well with the child." 
Ida Crisi 

FUNK.— In the Sugar Ridge church, Ohio, 
Bro. David Funk, aged 85 years, 1 month and 
11 days. He was a consistent member of the 
Brethren church for over twenty years, serving 
in the oltice of deacon about fifteen years. Fu- 
neral services by the writer, assisted by Bro. 
David Lytle. Text, Job 5: 26. 

E. H. ROSENBERGER. 

CHROWL.— Near Overbrook, in the bounds 
of the Washington Creek church, Douglas Co. 



and a number of brothers and sisters. Sister 
mma was a devoted member of the Method- 
t church from her youth until about two years 
ago, when she, with her husband, united with 
the Brethren church. A few hours before she 
lied she called for the elders and desired to be 
mouited, but before the brethren got there her 
■pint had taken its flight. Funeral discourse 
m the Appanoose church by brethren J. L. 
' rand John Sherfey, from John ri: 25, 26. 
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^EDITORIAL i MISCELLANY^ 

So far as earnest and successful missionary work 

concerned, the Moravian is the banner church of 

rid. Their headquarters is at Bethlehem, Pa. 

hey number 13,614 in this country, and for all 

1 enterprises last year, raised 826,302.60. 

hey have missionaries in nearly all heathen coun- 

and their converts, in foreign lands, out- 

imber their home members more than six to one. 

respect they lead all the other denomina- 

When it comes to the doctrines of the New 

sstament, the Brethren are far in advance of 

but in missionary work, or preaching the 

ospel in all parts of the world, we might well imi- 

te their example, and should not stop short of 

■'celling them. It is to be hoped that the day is 

far distant when the Brethren will have mis- 

nanes in every land, where the pure Gospel will 

! Preached, and churches founded after the apos- 

: model. During the last few years we have 

ade encouraging progress along this line, and as 

* years glide into the past, we may expect to see 

• church take still more advance steps. 



n, and others a 
They have bei 
nd societies ha 
: of the Jews 



j" Palestine there are a number of Jewish 
lonies, made up of Jews from other lands. Some 

these colonies are near Jerusalc 

^different parts of the country. 

' ~n foot by charitable persons 

great regard for the welfai 

schosenrace. One of thest. „, 

he Yemen Colony, a short distance northwest of 
fusalem, is made up of Jews from Yemen, South- 
t Arabia. They came to Palestine in 1882, hav- 
[ | eard tha ' they would be well provided for in 
- land of their fathers. They were wretchedly 

>r, and, on reaching Jerusalem, were sadly dis- 
Pointed on learning that no provision had been 



made for them. Some wealthy London Jews took 
pity on Jjhem, fed and clothed them, and, in course 
of time,?hey were provided with comfortable quar- 
ters, at the place referred* to, where they now re- 
side. They, number, at this time, a few hundred 
souls. In physical features these Jews are unlike 
their brethren from other parts of the world. They 
are small of stature, with thin, sharp faces, and 
have a dark, complexion. As compared with other 
Jews, they seem almost like another race. It is a 
pleasure to them to dwell in the land of their an- 
cestors, and to daily look upon the sacred places 
that they read.- about in their Bible. They still 
look for the Jbing-promised Messiah to come and 
restore the throne to their father David. 



In a recent #ticle in the Jndtpcndcnt the editor of 
the Westcrn'-'Watchman, -a^atholic paper, say: 
"Catholics believe that Protestantism is a damna 
ble heresy, worse than any that has yet arisen ir 
the church. They think it is chalfty to tell Protes 
tants so; to labor to convince them that it is so; tc 
co-operate in bringing them dut of their position of 
awful danger." This shows the opinion of Cath- 
olics respecting all other churches. Had they the 
power to do so, they would probably take steps 
looking towards putting an end to the " damnable 
heresy," as it is called, somewhat in keeping with 
the spirit of inquisition in days of yore. But that 
day is past for the Catholics, In the United States 
they number only one in three of the professors of 
Christianity, while, as compared with the whole 
population, they number only about one in nine. 
They are losing power on every hand, and, as the 
masses become better educated, and read the Scrip- 
tures more for themselves, we may look for the 
Catholic religion to either undergo some very rad- 
ical changes, or decrease still more and more in in- 
fluence. It is a religion that belongs to the dark 
ages, and has little adaptability to the freedom of 
thought in modern times. 



One of the most important treaties of modern 
times was signed last week by those representing 
England and the United States. It was a grand 
triumph for peace and a blow at war. No one is 
able to divine the lar-reaching influence of such 
step upon the part of the two most civilized nations 
of earth. England and the United States, after a 
long and laborious correspondence, agreed upon a 
treaty, binding each other to submit their differ- 
ences to arbitration, instead of resorting to war. 
This means that, should any dispute arise between 
these two nations, which they cannot settle them- 
selves, they will submit it to a Board of Arbitrators, 
to consist of three members of the Supreme Court 
of the United States, to be selected by the Presi- 
dent, and three judges of the British Supreme 
Court, to be selected by the Queen. These six, 
failing to agree, are to select the seventh man, and, 
should they fail to agree upon the man, King 
Oscar, of Sweden, is to act in the capacity of um- 
pire. The treaty is for five years, and, should it 
prove satisfactory during that period, may become 
permanent. It contains thirteen sections, and cov- 
ers every point of dispute likely to arise between 
the two countries, save that of national honor or 
insult. The treaty remains to be confirmed by the 
Senate, but it is not likely that this body will refuse 
to endorse such a wise measure. The London 
Times calls it the event of the nineteenth century. 
So far as may now be seen, it renders war between 
the two countries almost impossible, and insures a 
confidence that will be felt in all parts of the world. 



It is reported that one of the officers, having 
charge of the registration of the voters in Cincin- 
nati, Ohio, was so intent on business that he forgot 
to register himself, and so was not permitted to 
vote at the late election. He did his duty well [or 
others, but neglected his own interest. This re- 
minds us of the preachers and others, who give all 
necessary attention to the welfare of others, and, at 
the same time, neglect themselves and their fam- 
ilies. It is like the preacher who preaches the Gos- 
pel to others, but, in the end, becomes a castaway, 



The famine in India seems to be far more serious 
than was reported last week. It is stated that 
40,000,000 people are literally starving, and, though 
every possible effort is to be made to get food to 
the drouth-stricken region, yet hundreds of thou- 
sands must die before they can be reached. It is 
also reported that over one million persons are now 
engaged in the relief work, and will do what they 
can to keep life in the destitute until something 
can be raised There is no question but that help 
must be received from outside quarters, and mill- 
ions upon millions of dollars will be required. 
India seems subject to a calamity of this kind 
about every nineteen years. During the famine of 
187; and 1878 five million of people are said to 
have perished, and the present calamity will likely 
be equally serious. One writer says he has seen as 
many as 1,500 persons seated in rows, waiting for 
food, and that to each was given two large spoon- 
fuls of cooked rice and two little cakes. After this 
all of them,— men, women and children,— would set 
up a wail for more. One man sold his boy for one 
dollar to procure a. little food for the rest of his 
family. This so distressed the wife and mother 
that she not only refused to eat any of the food, 
but, in her frenzy, committed suicide. The hus- 
band grieved over the loss of his boy and wife until 
he took his own life. In this land of plenty it is 
not possible for us to have any adequate concep- 
tion of the terrible suffering that these destitute 
people are enduring. 



The Bible Lands do not embrace as much land 
many suppose. Starting at the City of Rome, 
and then running a straight line east, the distance of 
1,400 miles, then south 1,000 miles, then west 1,400 
miles, and north to Rome again 1,000 miles, we have 
nearly all the lands mentioned in the Sacred Vol- 
ume. Within this small area, of 1,400,000 square 
miles, transpired about all the events mentioned in 
the Old and New Testaments. Deducting from this 
the seas and deserts, that are not inhabitable, we 
have left only about 500000 square miles of land 
directly connected with Bible narrative. But the 
greater part of these events occurred in a scope 
still smaller yet, viz,, Palestine, west of the Jordan, 
which is 150 miles in length, 22 miles wide at the 
north end, and 80 miles wide at the south. Here 
were enacted most of the scenes that fill the sacred 
pages. And from this small territory have come 
the forces that are to-day ruling the financial and 
religious circles of the world. Palestine is the 
home of the Jews, and while they are not permitted 
to continue in their dwelling-place, still, with their 
vast wealth, they are virtually ruling the money 
market of the world. Here it was that Christianity 
was established, and it is lending to the world a 
force destined to overcome every other religious 
power on earth. It is, indeed, wonderful what 
forces have come from this very small territory, 
hemmed in by the Jordan on the east, the Mediter- 
ranean Sea on the west, the Mountains of Lebanon 
on the north and the desert on the south, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-. 



January 23, 1897, 



■ESSAYS;- 



A MAN'S A MAN. 

"A man's a man," says Robert Burns, 

■' For a' that, and a' that; " 
I'.ni, ihougli the song be clear and strong, 



's wanting, Ion illier iu 

1 wad ha'e been sae pat 
1 grand song thai Robbie 

a' lli. 11, and a' that. 



and bairns, an' a' that, 
s stops ftl whiskey shops 
nan fur a' that. 



Anlthet note is lacking too. 

This plowman might ha'e sung; 
1 1 is |nsi ^s pal and just as true 

As those that aff he flung. 
The man by stealth who piles up wealth, 

And grinds God's poor, an' a' that. 
Clutches his purse with dying curse, 

Is nol a man for a' that. 
And in that song that Robbie sung, 

Foi a 1 thai, and a' that, 
He might ha'e had the notes among 

A word (or him, and a' that, 
Who sits up snug to chitnla-lug, 



Or Childhood lore, and a' that. 

To that gran' song, an' a' that. 
That limn his throat Rob set afloat; 
Who reads God's Word, and a - that, 

Whii walks his way. and speaks his praise, 

And humbly prays, and a' that. 
And lets fools chaff and scoff and laugh- 



He 



1 for a' that. 






woman. The Gospel so applies it. The good sense 
of mankind— when educated to a true conception 
of what is artistic,— will vindicate what the Gospel 
teaches and what the Brethren church pleads for. 
McPherson, /Cans. 



THE MINISTRATION OF THE SPIRIT.' 



B. STOVER. 



1 Cor. 3: 



■,./-, Rankin, />, />., in t/tt C/m 

THE HIGHEST ART. 

11V C. E. ARNOLD. 

"History of Art" is one of the prescribed 
studies in some of our schools. To pursue a sys- 
tematic study of the history and progress of art is 
very interesting and helpful. Naturally, we have 
very crude and undeveloped tastes concerning mat- 
ters artistic. 

One of the fundamental principles of art is this: 
" Utility is the highest art,"— the more useful, the 
more artistic. This principle applies to all branches 
of art. Nothing has a claim to be considered artis- 
tic which does not serve some use fulpurpose. A 
pitch- fork with a highly-carved handle would be 
far from artistic. Even music and painting must 
submit to this same " utility " rule. They are ar- 
tistic only so far as they ennoble and enrich char- 
acter. 

The untutored do not generally have this con- 
ception of art. Many think that art consists in 
show or display. This is the heathen conception of 
what is artistic. The savage Indian delights in 
gaudy colors and feathery display and hideous tat- 
tooing. This is his idea of art. Those in civilized 
society, who take pride in such things, are not yet 
quite far enough removed from the savage state. 
But, as civilization advances, heathen ideals will 
prevail less and less, until they disappear altogether. 
The custom of wearing jewelry and gaudy ap- 
parel is becoming unpopular among the better 
classes of society, even the wealthy. An intelligent 
member of the Presbyterian church remarked to 
the writer that the "ginger-bread style" of dressing 
is becoming unpopular among the better people of 
all churches. 

One of the rules which apply to the apparel of a 
gentleman is this; Nothing should be worn which 
does not at least have the appearance of answering 
to some necessity. Dudes do not obsei 
Most sensible men do, with a fair degree of con- 
sistency. The same rule will eventually apply to 



In Nine Parts.—Part Four — A Place Prepared. 

" It Is expedient lor you that I go away."— JomTifi: 7. 
The more one thinks about Christ's words, the 
more apparent their truth becomes. How natural 
that scoffers should be blind to the truth! The ex- 
pediency of Christ's going away is manifest in this: 
"I go to prepare a place for you." John 14: 2. 
I am inclined to think that this promise is intended 
for those who will be His people for all time, even 
as is the promise of the gift of the Holy Ghost. If 
the one promise is not for us, how shall we know 
that the other is? 

Christ's concern for His people is very great 
He knows that if they love Him, they want to be 
with Him, even as He loves them and wants to be 
with them. " I go to prepare a place for you. 
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will 
come again, and receive you unto myself, that 
where I am, there ye may be also." John 14: 3. 

His relationship that He sustains with His peo- 
ple is a very tender one. He is not a teacher to 
say, "Go and do what I tell you," but "Come and 
do as I do." John 13: 15. lie is not a Master to 
leave an order for His people to cleanse the sinful 
world, while He goes off to enjoy the presence of 
His Father, but He says, " I go to prepare a place 
for you, that where I am, there ye maybe also." 
John 14: 3 "I will not leave you comfortless; I 
will come to you." John 14: 13. "I pray not that 
thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that 
thou shouldest keep them from the evil." John 
17: 15. "If ye shall ask anything in my name, I 
will do it." John 14: 14. While He does so for 
the Christian, He tells him what to do for Himself 
in return." "Go ye into all the world and preach 
the gospel to every creature." Mark 16: 15. 

In short, the beautiful relation is this, that Christ 
prepares the heavens for His people while they 
prepare the earth for Him. Both work to the same 
end, that they may dwell together. And both shall 
accomplish their task. Christ will reign in person 
with His people on earth, and they shall reign with 
Him in the heavens. 

This pleasant relationship suggests the more del- 
icate relationship sustained between Father, Son 
and Holy Spirit. When the Father sent the Son to 
earth, He gave this testimony, "This is my beloved 
Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3: 17. 
And Jesus, not left alone by the Father, says, " I 
do always those things that please Him" (John 8: 
29), and "The Father that dwelleth in me, He do- 
:th the works " (John 14: 10). Jesus speaks know- 
ngly of "the Comforter whom I will send unto 
you" (John 14:26), that " He shall not speak of 
iself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he 
speak. He shall glorify me." John 16: 13. 

The Father sends the Son, the Son glorifies the Fa- 
ther; the Son sends the Spirit, the Spirit glorifies the 
Son. What divine harmony! No one can imitate 
the divine nature and be selfish enough to magni- 
fy himself. 1 Cor. 10: 24. What heavenly concord! 
No child of God can be Christ-like and refuse to be 
obedient to those in authority in the Lord; much 
less can he spend a moment in quibbling about any 
teaching of his Lord, whether it is necessary for 
him to accept it or not. 

And what does the Father say about the Son? 
" Hear him." Luke 9: 35. What does the Son say 
about the Spirit? "He that hath an ear, let him 
hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." 
Rev. 2: 7. 

Who is it, thus assured that God is designing all 
for his benefit, that can be so low and mean and 
stingy as to spend all his time, or the best portion 
of it, or even any of it, in acquiring sections of this 
earth to increase his own glory? O hardness of 



heart and blindness of eyes, adorning silver with^ 
rags, and covering gold with iron, grasping for 
little of earth to add to the promised, infinite store- 
house of heaven! Given, all; wanted, more! 
Bulsar, India. 

THE FUTURE OF THE HOLY LAND. 



Could Palestine agaii 
old, a land flowing with 1 
problem of more than se 
a pleasant surprise to 
specialists who maintain 
that Palestine could eas 
the most productiv 



become, what it w 
lilk and honey? Thi 
itimental interest, an< 
earn that there are some 
that this is possible, and 
ly again be made or 
countries on the globe, 
as Jerusalem, Nazareth, 
others, have been enjoying, in recent years, unp 
dented prosperity, in fact, even "booms," is ki 
to the general reader; but that, by systematic 11 
tion and cultivation, the barren tracts, once so 
ductive, would yield a rich abundance, is interest- 
ing information. From the pen of a German 
cialist, whose account is found in the Colum 
Ohio, ZeitbUtter, No. 6, we glean the following 
struct ive data: 

It is easily possible that Palestine should 
again become the "South" (the Neged), and 
granary for (he entire Southeastern region a 
the Mediterranean, and for Europe. In the cou 
west of the Jordan the entire level distiict along the 
coast has the best of water-supplies and is ca 
of sustaining an immense population. The ( 
tions there are such that oranges, cotton, tobacco, 
and sugar-cane could be raised easily and in greal 
abundance. On the higher tablelands of the 
Jordan districts nothing is necessary but the pn 
vation of the quantities of water that accumulate 
during the rainy season and utilizing these dur 
the dry months. The whole region would thus 
admirably adapted for vegetable gardening 01 
grand scale. 

How readily this end could be accomplished 
be seen from what has already been done in t 
line, chiefly by the members of the German Temp 
lar Society in Bethlehem, Nablus, Tshenin 
other places. The relatively poorer success of thi 
Jewish agricultural colonies, which have been plant 
ed there by the dozen, in recent decades, ch 
through the instrumentality of the Rothschilds 
other Jewish magnates, is to be attributed, not ti 
the barrenness of the soil, but to the poor wo 
of the colonists. But everywhere in this distri 
it is possible, by irrigation, to raise finer oi 
oranges, wine, etc., than anywhere else along thi 
southeastern portion of the Mediterranean 
there would be no lack of markets, especially a 
Egypt is so near. The entire Ghor, or Jordan 
ley, could be converted into a tropical valley, 
dates that ripen here are regarded yet, as they > 
in ages past, as the best that are known, surpassinj 
even those of Egypt. To this add oranges, cotton 
sugar-cane, bananas, and especially fine vegei 
raised during the rainy season, all of which groi 
here under most favorable conditions. 

Access to markets is easy. Jericho, by way 1 
Salonica, only five days removed from Berlin an 
Central Europe, only a short distance from Jerusi 
lem, and some degrees warmer than Cairo, cot 
readily be made again what it was in the days 
King Herod, a magnificent winter resort, whose al 
tractions would be increased by the hot, medicim 
springs of Ain-es-Sultan and by the magnified 
surroundings of the Dead Sea, near by, with i 1 
thermal fountains, e. g„ Ain Dshidi, Hamrr 
Zerka, the Callirrhoe of antiquity, and, centum; 
ago, a fashionable resort. The Jordan is r 
fish and could itself be an attraction for tourist 
In fact, the entire valley could be made a health 
resort. 

The east Jordan country, in its whole length 
breadth, from Moab to Mount Hermon and tli 
Hauran, is naturally one vast wheat-field, thi 
which none better can be found. These fruit* 
districts, which now, when the harvest is o 1 
the end of May, become, for the rest of the seasO 
a sun-scorched desert which the inhabitants nm- 



Inuary 23, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL IK/LESSElTa-EIR,. 



'.' 



lor the time being, leave, could readily, by building 
reservoirs to receive the superabundant 



earli. 



onths 



nd using these for irrigati( 



the dry season, be made inhabitable all th 
round, and could also be cultivated with abundant 
success during this time. 

Such was its condition in earlier centuries 
the Arabian Bedouins took possession, as i: 
ed by the ruins of hundreds of villages ai 
scattered throughout this territory. In fact 
herself suggests this remedy, for during the winter 
nonths, in many places, natural lakes are formed 
which fill up with water. To the present day thert 
also many old cisterns, open and covered 



before 
attest- 
d cit 



which w 



purpose 



ere used for ii 
rly the case at 

ber of old Roman roads, and, at' one time, 
mercial rival of Damascus. The ruins of 
nse system of aqueducts can yet be traced, 
the chief of which, called that of Pharaoh, still has 
length of forty-four kilometers. The indications 
re, that, in the flourishing period of this east Jor- 
an district, an extensive irrigation system existed 
nd was utilized to good advantage. 

The cultivation of Palestine, surrounded on two 
ides by desert districts, is only possible by careful 
attention and under the protection of a strong 
If these are absent, the hopes that it may be- 
gain a land of milk and honey will be 
doomed to disappointment. At that time, when 
Palestine was governed with a firm hand, it was a 
veritable garden of the gods. Under favorable cir- 
cumstances it could become such again, could sus- 
ions of inhabitants and supply other lands 
jperabundance. Whether or not this is to 
ed depends on its political future. — Trans- 
lated for The Literary Digest. 



uposed of 



FIRST, AND LAST, AND BETWEEN. 

BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 

Neither church nor ordinances, of ther 
'er made a Christian. The ch 
nits who individually need forg 
regeneration; and all of them in their divinely- 
organized relations have not the power to restore a 
dead soul to life. "Because I live,^« shall live 
John 14: 19. 
e relation of each separate soul to God is 
direct. Whatever media intervene, our contact 
must be with God before we are quickened into life 
blasting. Sin is a direct collision with God. no 
matter what secondary objects are involved. Re- 
gion is the immediate coalescence of Christ 
and the believer. There is only "one faith," and 
nly "one Lord," and these two constitute the 
unity of salvation. There are many views, opin- 
, theories, conceptions, which all have reference 
the one faith, but they are not the faith of Christ, 
■e faith may be, and often is, held with mis- 
apprehensions of its whole import. For instance, 
in John 6: 53 to 57, we have something positive and 
'ordinal. It was such a dark and apparently con- 
radictory mystery to the disciples, that many of 
murmured, went back and walked no more 
«"th Jesus. But those who believed in HIM con- 
:d with Him, although they had a very imper- 
and even erroneous, view of His person, His 
"ng, and His mission. So it is to-day. I have 
' met two brethren who had precisely the same 
as to the meaning of the Divine Incarnation in 
11 'ts compass and relations, while they all hold 
-■ precious faith" as to the /act of "God mani- 
est in the flesh," and its absolute necessity to sal- 
vation. 

>tism is a very significant symbol, and is easily 
attended to. But who knows the wide and solemn 
«ch of its signification? Here Christians differ in 
ws, while they are a unit as to the great death 
burial and resurrection of Him, without whom 
asW H , S "° m ° re TaIue than Pharisaic hand- 
is ea ' S " 0t °°' y eaSy t0 be ba P' ized . but i' 
l\lf S J t0 , " lal " : the symbol a monstrous and fatal 
•"sehood How shocking and manifestly treacher- 
I the outburst of temper, and ill-will, and 



wounded pride, and selfishness, in a person who 
has been baptized in representation of the death of 
Christ! What a base counterfeit to wash feet, 
at the same time, hunger for honor and preferment 
and exaltation, and pout and fret because 
servant's place is assigned us! It is Christ we must 
have; and He is ours only by that receptivity of 
soul which is indicated by that rich, deep, wonder- 
ful Bible-word-FAiTH. This puts the soul into 
such relation with God in Christ as to open the 
possibility and generate the disposition for all the 
loyalty and obedience which the Word of God re- 
quires. God was in Chiist, and lived His perfect, 
eternal life in the flesh, and requires us to do the 
same by giving us the Holy Spirit which enabled 
Jesus to do so. God does not ask too much of us. 
inasmuch as He offers us "all the fulness of His 
Godhead "to enable us to realize our high ideal. 
Col. 1: g, 10; Philpp. 3: 14. 

Faith, love, holiness are the three essentials of 
salvation. With these are bound up all ordinances, 
statutes and precepts. Heb. 11: 6; Matt. 21: 21, 22; 
I John 4: 7, 8, 16; Heb. 12: 14; 1 Pet. I: 15, 16; Eph! 
5: 27; Rev. 21; 27. Heaven does not constitute sal- 
vation, but Godlikeness. Hell cannot annihilate 
the beatitudes of the indwelling Christ; and heaven 
cannot eradicate the pangs of a guilty conscience. 
Salvation and holiness are synonyms. 

Onion Dcp -sit, Pa. 

SENDINQ AND (JOINO. 






"Whom shall I send, and vyho will go for us?"— 

In the days of the prophets the Lord's 
required as careful and prayerful pruning 
tivating for her spiritual purity and prosperity as 
the church requires to-day. 

Our text presents two very important questions, 
propounded by the Lord to Isaiah, the prophet, 
when he desired workmen in the church. 

1. "Whom shall I send?" The spirit of this 
question seems designed to search out the Lord's 
man for the Lord's work. 

(1) By knowing him, by his fruits, to be a truly 
converted man to the cause of Christ. 

(2) By testing his qualifications. 



(a) As am 


an royal. 


1 Pet. 2: 9. 


(*) As am 


in loyal. 




(<r) As a m 


in strong 


n the faith. 


(d) As a m 


an able to 


teach othe 



full of the Holy Ghost. Acts 11 



al pn 



<e) As 
24;7: 55- 
(/) As one who loves the worth of so 
The above embrace many of the card 
pies, necessary for the Lord's man in 
work. The prophet of the Lord was not only pre- 
pared to go outside of Israel's camp, and to work, 
by warning against sin, but first he was to "cry 
aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, 
and show my people their transgressions and the 
house of Jacob their sins." Isa. 58: I. "Go and 
tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand 
not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not." Isa. 6: 9. 
The prophet's first field of labor was a hard 
one,— that was within the church, to revive the 
Lord's work in the hearts of the church members, 
and set things in order that were wanting. But to 
him a deaf ear was turned, and so pressing became 
the task that he exclaims, "Lord, how long?" 
Then the answer came, "Until the cities be wasted 
without inhabitant, and the houses without man, 
and the land be utterly desolate, and the Lord have 
removed men far away, and there be a great for- 
saking in the midst of the land." Isa. 6: II, 12. 
Such is often the pressure of heart, realized by the 
Lord's servants and shepherds to-day, as they 
stand, with warning voice and watchful eye, over 

as those who feed and as those 

ount of their souls. Heb. 13: 17. 
has the voice of warning been 

1 during the last few months, 
much inclined to " mix with the 

8, in the political strife of the 



the flock of God, 
who must give act 



people 



world,— not only the laity, but sadly, we fear, the 
consecrated ministry. When the renovating fire of 
God, from off the sacred altar, is once applied to 
his servants, as to Isaiah, to the extraction of all 
dross from heart and lips, then sounds forth the 
second question. 

2. "Who will go for us?" The reply comes, 
" Here am I, send me." Then, and not before, was 
Isaiah prepared to answer the Lord's call. Then, 
only, will we be cleansed vessels for his service. 
Many are the Macedonian calls from home and 
abroad. From America, Kuropc, Asia, Africa and 
Australia comes the pleading voice, "Come over 
and help us." Acts 16: 9. How many hear thesi 
calls? Who is it that can say as Paul, "Yea, so 
have I strived to preach the gospel, not where 
Christ was named, lest I should build upon another 
man's foundation." Rom. 13: 20. 

Where is the courage of Israel's prophets today, 
in going out into new fields, to lift high the banner 
of King Emmanuel? 

Brother and sister, were our lot extreme poverty, 
amidst heathen darkness, or were we Asiatic sub- 
jects, falling victims to the slaughtering Turks, and 
yet our prayers for help would be passed heedlessly 
by, as many calls are to-day, what would be the 
pangs of our hearts? Would we not cry out, " Pro- 
fessed Christianity weighed and found wanting? " 
But with all the needy cries we are truly thankful 
for the efforts, thus far made, to relieve, and our 
hearts raise in gratitude to God, that a few of our 
dear Brotherhood are willing to come out from 
country, kindred, and father's house, as Abraham, 
Gen. 12: I, and carry the Gospel light to others. 

We rejoice and thank God for the coming of our 
dear Bro. Fercken, and family, to our ranks, and 
that the Lord, through his church and servant, is 
hoisting his banner again in the old, dilapidated 
forts of Asia Minor. In the Messenger of last 
.page 691, we had Bro. Fercken's second ap- 



peal for some young men to a 

great mission cause. Again 

"Whom shall I send and w 

Who, now, will be, first prepai 

to respond? Much preaching and si 

been, perhaps, too much the order of the past for 

the good of souls and Zion's glory, but redeeming 

the time is still our privilege. 

May the prayers of the church ever arise in be- 
half of our dear brother and sister Stover and sis- 
ter Ryan in India, and those in Smyrna, Denmark 
and Sweden as well. By no means let us overlook 

ose in our home fields! 

O that we, as a Brotherhood, had scores of 
faithful, skil'ed workmen, to send out to batlle for 
the Lord, that his people might go on, conquer- 
nd to conquer, that they might finally return 



in behalf 

! Lord speaks: 

u'll go for us?" 

ondly, willing 



uctory 



th pain 
you?" "Shall I?" 
North Manchester, hid. 



their hands! "Shall 



□found appn 



plish- 



We feel, first, to express 
tion of the gradual imprt 
Messenger, and we only regret that its 
is not larger, in view of the good it is 1 
ing. Then, also, it should be remember 
the net proceeds go to the work of the church. 
Every reasonable effort should, therefore, be made 
to extend the circulation of our paper. 

Our " Sittings " find all the matter good, but we 
call special attention to the article, headed, "The 
Evils of Apologies by Ministers," page 787 of No. 
50. Please read and reread, and, with a blush, quit 
the practice, 

Next turn a leaf and read with care what follows: 



"A Strange Incident." Then meditate si 
from a Scriptural standpoint, and you will 
surprised that Governor Morton held up 
consistency for us to look at. Conference 1 
forbids us to vote at political elections. (S> 
utes of 1866, Art. I, page 268.) If we help to placi 
a man into a position that we could not conscien 



sly, 



tually 
Min- 



i 2 



TEE GOSPEL MESSEISTGE-R,. 



January 23, i8„| 



tiously fill ourselves, it is, to say the lea9t, incon- 
sistent. I thank God for the Scriptural position 
the church takes on that subject, though it is not 
fully expressed. 

"Church Supervision," an article on the same 
page, cuts a broad swath. The writer walks right 
up to the General Conference and points out an- 
other line of inconsistencies. Then he drops to the 
local churches, and finds many of them with no eld- 
er. That should not be. Next he finds some 
churches, with from four to six elders. Unless they 
are active and loyal eldeis, these churches may be 
worse off than those that have none. 

" The Perfection of the Gospel." This article is 
sound, and a good antidote for skepticism. It is 
for the hands that hang down and the feeble knees. 
Heb. 12: 12. "Our Ministry." This article, when 
properly digested, is well calculated to inspire us 
with more missionary zeal, which we so much need, 
ishing. 

le our " Sittings," but as we get 
e will stop. Please read all 
nd it broadcast over the land. 



Wc might contii 
:o little chaff, 
hrough and then 

Booth, /Cans. 

K PRECIOUS GIFT, AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO 
DO WITH IT? 



" The heights by great men reached and kept, 

Were not attained hy sudden flight, 

Hill Ihey, while their companions slept, 

Were toiling upwards in the night." 

Thk Brahmins have a legend that one of the 
smaller gods created the material universe and that 
a common angel p:opled the world with living 
creatures, but when the most wonderful and peril- 
ous thing— the youth ol man— was to be created, it 
required the combined wisdom of all the deities of 
the Pantheon. Any one of the gods could have 
created grown men, but the possibility, the beauty 
and the fateful charms of youth required their 
combined genius. The legend goes on to say that 
when they had completed their work, they saw 
what a dangerous thing they had made, and debat- 
ed a thousand years if they should confer this won- 
derful and hazardous gift upon the human race. 
When they finally decided to make the venture 
they sent a deputation of angels to earth, to endow 
the human race with this precious boon. When 
they arrived on earth a company of young men and 
maidens appeared before them. After the gift was 
delivered in true angelic style, one of the angels 
said: " Now you have youth, what are you going to 
do with it? " 

The angels returned to their celestial home, but 
the music of their voice echoes and re-echoes 
through all the ages and will continue so long as 
maidens love and young aspire. " Now you have 
youth, what are you going to do with it?" 

Hvery life is a failure or a success, and the start 
to one or the other is made in youth. There are 
many deplorable failures. But amid the dangers 
on every hand some have made a grand success, 
and it did not always come to the more favored. 
Some who labored under adverse circumstances 
have outstripped the more favored. True success 
does not consist of greatness or riches, as the world 
counts these things. All can not be great or rich, 
but all can be good. True success or greatness in 
this world must come through goodness. This is 
the royal road. There is no other way. This road 
should be entered when we are young. It is then 
that the heart is warm and the passions active. 
Youth must be taken care of or we will find our- 
selves entangled in barriers that may, ever after 
baffle our efforts to succeed, or, if overcome, it is 
at the expense of effort that should be devoted to 
the attainment of some lofty purpose. Those who 
claim to know tell us that nine-tenths of all the 
crimes were committed by persons under twenty- 
five years of age. The spare time from fifteen to 
twenty-five years is worth more than can be told 
" What are you going to do with it? " Many have 
used it for no other purpose than to help them on 
in sin, and bring trouble and sorrow to their par- 
ents. v 



What are you going to do with your money? 
Some have spent it as fast as earned, in games, 
amusements, cheap excursions, drinks and cigars, 
and when it was needed for business it was gone, 
and all it purchased was a set of bad, vicious pas- 
sions, and habits of intemperance and extravagance 
that unfit the possessor for the active duties of life. 
Others have taken care of their money by expend- 
ing it in good and useful things. Foolish and tri- 
fling things they avoided. When they wished to 
"nter upon their life's work, they not only had 
me money at hand, but, by thrift and economy, 
they knew how to conduct the details of a business. 
Now they have a home of their own. Their apart- 
ments are filled with the conveniences of life. 
The tables and shelves are stored with books,— 
the sunbeams of the home. There is more than a 
charm, there is power in the word " home," and 
there is an added power when it can be said, "This 
is our house without a mortgage." 

What are you going to do about your company? 
Success or failure in life very often depend upon 
our company. We classify ourselves in this way 
and the world at large accepts our own decision. 
We are known by the company we keep. We shut 
ourselves away from the better class of people be- 
cause we make choice of the bad. A young man 
starts out in the morning, falls in with those who 
have their "good time," in carousing, drinks and 
games, and before night-fall he is led to a felon's 
cell. Business men do not want in their employ 
boys who keep bad company. They expect to find 
them addicted to bad habits and untrustworthy. 

When the company of the careless loafer, or pro- 
fane, is sought, the society of the good is avoided. 
The Sunday school and church service are given 
up and spoken of lightly. Acquaintances are 
formed that ripen into marriage, and then the bat- 
aences. The young man, unfitted by all 
the habits of his life, to assume the duties and re- 
sponsibilities of husband and father, is prepared to 
make life miserable for the young woman who fool- 
ishly allowed the pleasures and vanities of life to 
entice her away from the pure and good, who could 
have filled her life with sweetness. 



What are you going to do with your soul? 
nust be saved or it will be lost. 
" The soul, of origin divine, 

God's glorious image, freed from clay, 
In heaven's eternal sphere shall shine 

A star of day! 
The sun is but a spark of fire 

The soul immortal as its sire. 
Shall never die." 



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There is another world to which 
nd our stay here for a few uncertain years 
time of preparation. The dearest interests of thi 
soul in eternity are involved in what we are doini 
while here. To give us proper employment, \ 
make us happy and save the soul, the Savior ha 
provided us with his church, with its ordinance 
and doctrines. The world is made better by Ch 
tianity, because it makes the individual better. It, 
to scatter sunshine and sweeten life. 



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"So live that when thy summons comes to join 
That innumerable caravan that moves 
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take 
His chamber in the silent halls of death, 
Thou go not, like the quarry slave at night. 
Scourged to his dungeon; but sustained and soothe 
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, 
Like one who draws Ihe drapery of his couch 
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams " 



But it is often no better for the young man. 
With an ignorant, coarse-mannered, uncultured 
wife, what is he going to do? He is in fetters now. 
She will drag him to her level, and his doom is 
fixed. 

What are you going to do with your parents' ad- 
vice? They, by their experience, and the interest 
they feel in us, their children, are our guardians 
id best friends. It is a sad day in young people's 
'es, when they disregard parental advice. Dis- 
obedience to parents is the start on the road to 
ruin. " Honor thy father and mother " is a divine 
command, the obedience of which will always be 
followed with a blessing. To disregard it will al- 
ways, sooner or later, be followed by a curse. It is 
beautiful, as well as right, for children, even when 
grown to maturer years, to consult their parents 
about their aims and purposes in life. 

" How lovely, how charming the sight 
When children their parents obey, 
The angels look down with delight 
This beautiful sight to survey." 

What are you going to do with your time? You 
have much at your disposal and it is precious. 
Will you waste it or will you improve it? Will you 
spend it in acquiring habits that will put you to a 
disadvantage all the rest of your life? Or will you 
use it to add to your pleasure and usefulness in the 
years to come? 

" Will you spend life's precious hours, 
Like butterflies in summer bowers, 
That trifle while the zephyr flings 
The blossom-odor from his wings 
And perish when the Northern blast 
Proclaims the bloom and sunshine past. 
Alas! how many hearts would quail. 
How many radiant cheeks grow pale 
With shame, with sorrow and affright 
If mortals had the power to gaze, 
Upon the book where angels write 
The record of lost hours and days," 



McKee's Gap, Pa. 



SUPERSTITION, ANCIENT AND MODERN. 



TAYLOK. 



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" Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' 
men of Athens, I perceive that in all thing! 
stitious."— Acts 17: 22. 

Superstition is defined as being an unnecessary 
fear, generally associated with reverence for imagi- 
nary beings, extreme and unnecessary religious 
scruples, the doing of things not required by God, 
or the belief of that which is absurd, or belief 
out evidence, false worship. 

The inspired apostle doubtless was moved by the 
spirit of God to address the Athenians, as | 
the quotation above, their city being filled 
numerable altars, even "to the unknown God," 
Wealth, genius and authority combined their pc 
ers, to further increase the ruinous influence of 
perstition. 

The world has never known an age of entire 1 
perstition, and, on the other hand, there has net 
been an age in which there was not at least sol 
superstition. Its influence is felt even in this 1 
lightened age. 

The first recorded act, in any way r 
perstition, is the case of our first parents, 
ately after the fall, Gen. 3: 7, 8. Here 
sin at the bottom, guilt as the cause, igno 
blindness as the result, and a superstitious 
escape as the scheme they adopted. How 
to try to hide from God's all-seeing eye! 

The principal foundation stone of superstitii 
therefore, is ignorance of the word and works 
Almighty God. 1 Cor. 15: 34. To the extent that 
men are in darkness and unfamiliar with the true 
knowledge of God, they will be inclined to be su- 
perstitious. As man emerges from darkness into 
the true light of revelation, he will be freed from 
leful curse, until he stands in the glorious 
liberty of the children of God. Rom. 8: 21. 

The ancient Jews were not free from the effects 
of superstition. Historians tell us that, while mak- 
ing the annual journeys to Jerusalem, they ofttimes 
would put sand or gravel into their rude shoes, in 
order to make their journey more laborious, etc. 

Egypt may be termed the nursery of superstition, 
as, at one time, they are said to have had 30,000 
imaginary deities. Their two leading gods were 
Osiris and Isis, supposed to have been the sun and 



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on. They a'so worshiped the ox, dog, wolf, 
,vk cat, crocodile, as well as trees, plants, roots, 



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The ancient Carthagenians wen 
eir abominable, superstitious practices, even to 
c burning of hundreds of innocent little children, 
orror of all horrors! What will not ignorance 
nd superstition lead men to perform! 
We next notice a few facts of more modern dates, 
; we still find those who are struggling within the 
-asp of this curse of the nineteenth century. 
1. Superstition, as manifested by a belief in 
itchcraft, at one time had become so alarming in 
;ngland, that Parliament legislated, for the punish- 
lent of this supposed crime, with death, and thou- 
nds lost their lives because of it. The evil was 
rought to America, and our forefathers were large- 
concerned in the punishment of the persons sup- 
osed to possess evil powers. Those days have 
ssed away, and only remnants of this superstition 
nger here and there. 

otice another phase of superstition, 
Dthsayirg " and " astrology," by which 
he destiny of persons is influenced by the planets 
nder which they are born. Some poor souls even 
to and fro, with.no purpose in view, no 
hope, because they believe they are 
to live and die, because they were born 
unlucky planet. This is gross supersti- 



We also notice this superstitu 
way our astrological almana 
Ling pamphlets a 
died. Many pay < 



dispense entirely 
;, and substitute 
Id be in line with 



i belief further in 
and weather- pre- 
; sought after, and eagerly 
/en more attention to them 
ely a day passes by on which 
suited, while the Bible, the 
inly true guide, lies dust-covered and neglected. 
carcely anything is done, unless by some sign or 
men. It is but a step from that disgraceful and 
eceitful so-called " fortune-telling." Hundreds of 
therwise intelligent Christian persons patronize 
uch soul-polluting superstitions, when they ought 
set a better example. 

3. We will next notice the very prevalent and 

omewhat mysterious procedure of healing, by 

familiarly known as " powwowing," by per 

o make no pretensions whatever to obey 

rd and Master. Beware, lest we put our 

rust in man, and make flesh our arm. Jer. 17: 5. 

'"ar, far better would we dismiss those superstitious 

icliefs, and trust in God, who is abundantly able to 

ave to the uttermost. Could v 

nth the above-named practi 

nointing in their stead, we w 

lie apostles' teaching. We regard this as one of the 

hings that should not be found among the Broth- 

rhood. Christ never taught it, and if we claim to 

ave him as our Savior, we will not need it. 

4- The manifestations of the unknown laws of 

lature, such as eclipses of the sun, moon, etc , 

, by many, viewed with horror. Comets are 

udged to be omens of wars, earthquakes, famine, 

ght ofttimes fills the 

heir imagination, they 

e seen horses, chariots and armies. The flitter- 

lights on waste and damp lands were regarded 

Seating some misfortune, so also a variety of 

ly-accounted-for events,— the ticking noise of 

tie insect, by many called the death watch. 

the superstitious rites asso- 
It is the belief of some that, 
nfant, the devil is cast out. 
>re reasonable to believe that 
application of a little water to the child's head 
ace might change its nature, or regenerate it, 
the fact is that neither of them have any Gos- 
authority whatever, hence we must call it su- 
erstition. The tolling of church bells is deemed 
ecessary by some, as though no one could be bur- 
d - acceptably to God, without the tolling of the 
lurch bell. Every rite and religious ceremony, 
" taught in the Bible, may well be labeled super- 
set us beware, lest we be found guilty of teach- 
children some superstitious things in regard 
tmas. The superstitious story about Santa 



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Claus should never be mentioned to our children. 
A targe per cent of the Christmas celebrations to- 
day are an abomination to the Lord. 

In conclusion we note a few of the evils of super- 
stition: 

i- It never leads to holiness, but usurps the place 
of true piety. Its tendencies are to set aside genu- 
ine repentance, conversion and obedience. 

2. It disturbs true happiness. Oh, what super- 
stitious fears men do have! It is one of Satan's 
chief instruments, to mar the Christian's happiness. 

As a remedy, we should allow the Holy Spirit to 
lead us into all truth, and look alone unto Jesus, 
the Author and Finisher of our faith. Then we 
will be thoroughly cleansed of all superstitious be- 
lief. Then, at his second coming, Christ will find a 
church without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. 
He will find us holy and without blemish. Eph. 5: 
27. 

Vogansville, Pa. 



.QUERISTS' * DEPARTMENT h- 



Commentators differ widely concerning thi: 
"book." It may have been a record of the wars 
kept by Moses, in which all the facts relating to th< 



ars in which Israel « 
lilitary stand-point, 



;ed were recorded from 
intended for the use c 



verse is shown to be an extract from a Hebrew 
poem. 

What was Christ's object in telling his disciples to pray that 
their flight be not on the Sabbath day? Matt. 24: 20. Shall 
we construe it into a command to keep the seventh day? 

Mrs. S. N. Leudy, 

The gates of the city would most likely be closed 
on the Sabbath, so that they could not make their 
escape with convenience. Then the Jews, who 
were very strict, respecting the Sabbath, would 
have hindered their flight in every way possible. 
This saying should not be construed into a com- 
mand for the Christian to keep the Jewish Sabbath. 
He is not under the law, but under the Gospel, and 
keeps the first day of the week in memory of the 
resurrection of Jesus from the dead. 

Do you think it right for Brethren, at meetings or other 
places, to have their photographs taken on Sunday, for ad- 
vertising purposes, etc. J. W. M. 

Certainly not. But photographers, sometimes, 
take snap-shots on groups, and then make use of 
them in their own way. For such, our people can- 
not be held responsible. We need not, however, 
encourage anything of the kind. It does not have 
our approval. We ought to keep the Lord's Day 
sacred in every way possible. 1. 11. m. 



-*THE + SUNDAY * SCHOOL^ 



LESSON LIGHT-FLASHES. 



The Boldness ol Peler and John.- 



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There are times and periods in all of our experi- 
ences when the element of boldness in our charac- 
ters becomes very essential to our standing in life. 
Indeed, we cannot lead a Christian life without it. 
The Christian life is a life of continual warfare, and 
boldness is one of the leading characteristics of a 
good soldier. 

True boldness consists in acting fearlessly along 
the line of duty and right, and to be a man under 
trying and critical circumstances. It was an easy 
matter for Peter and John to heal the lame man, as 
they were going to the temple to pray, and were 
simply exercising delegated power under divine 
direction. But the circumstances were very differ- 
ent when they were set in the midst of the ruling 
powers of Jerusalem,— such men as Annas, the high 
priest, Caiaphas, and the other dignitaries of the 
court. To face such men with a confession that 
would touch both their pride and their position, 



meant to draw swords with them and defy the pow- 
ers that be. To do this required courage and bold- 
ness that tries men's hearts, yet they did it in a 
manner that showed plainly that they were not 
afraid to speak the truth when duty called. 

But what was it that gave these men boldness? 
"Then Peter filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto 
them, Ye rulers of the people and elders of Israel. 
If we this day be examined of the good deed done 
to the impotent man, by what means he is made 
whole; be it known unto you all, and to all the peo- 
ple of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of 
Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised 
from the dead, even by him doth this man stand 
here before you whole." This required a boldness 
that can be exercised only by men who are filled 
with the Holy Ghost, and this gives not only bold- 
ness but power to act, and to meet the emergencies 
of the occasion. 

When it is said of the righteous, " They are as 
bold as a lion," we have, in connection with the 
thought of boldness, also that of strength or power 
to overcome. The figure represents the one as well 
as the other, and, therefore, in it we get both. So 
righteousness becomes a condition of true boldness, 
because, to the righteous only is the Holy Ghost 
given, which gives the consciousness of power, that 
gives the feeling of assurance, and, being assured, 
we are made bold to act. 

These men had boldness because of assurance 
that they were in the line of right, and because 
they were righteous they received the Holy Spirit, 
which gave them the power to act. As we all need 
this boldness, as did Peter and John, how shall we 
attain to it? There is but one way, — that is to 
place ourselves into the right relation to the thing 
that we desire. If we want boldness, to be' ever 
ready to tell the truth, and do the work of the Mas- 
ter, we must, first of all, become subjects of his 
kingdom, — become heirs of God, which brings us 
into a relation where these gifts can reach us. 

After placing ourselves in the right relation, wc 
must then so order our lives that he can make use 
of us. To be true children of God, we must be 
children of service. We are exhorted to be good 
soldiers of Jesus Christ, as Peter and John were. 
Their lives were consecrated to him and they were 
continually in his service. So we may be and so 
we should be. The vineyard is so large and the 
work so varied that in it there is something to do 
for every one who may enter. Even the little ones 
may stand up and witness for Jesus. 

These men were neither afraid nor ashamed to 
bear testimony in favor of Christ, neither did they 
take the honor of the work done unto themselves. 
It was not through their wisdom or power that the 
lame man was healed, but in the name of Jesus 
Christ was he healed. 

When the Lord does sometimes use us to do his 
work we are disposed to feel and say, " We did it." 
Not so with Peter and John. They worked in the 
name of Jesus Christ and through the power of the 
Holy Ghost. This was the marvel to the rulers,— 
'hat they made no claim for themselves. Looking 
upon them as the unlearned fishermen, void of any 
special training for public speaking, and then see- 
ing the manner in which they gave their testimony, 
and the claims they made, they were forced to the 
conclusion that their conduct was marvelous, and 
the only way to account for it was. that they had 
been with Jesus. Thus they bore testimony to the 
disciples' own statement. 

If we would have this boldness and power, we, 
too, must be with Jesus, and with him in such a way 
that his impress will be so left on our lives as to 
show out through us, that others can see it so evi- 
dently that they will be made to say as these priests 
and elders did,— these men have been with Jesus. 
These two men were so filled with Jesus and the 
Spirit that, what they said, was simply an overflow 
of their fullness. So it is with us, — very largely. 
Our conversation is the overflow of our thoughts, 
and those who come in contact with ua can easily 
tell with whom we have been. What shall they say 
of us? Of Christ, or of the world,— which? 



THE GOSPEL MESSEISTGBR. 



January 23, 1897 



)-THE * YOUNG * PEOPLE-^ 



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The soul which grasps the helpful thoughts that sp 

Along the line where grander natures serve, 
win, h gives sweet sympathies to iwine and cling, 
- And watches lesi the tempted one should swerve, 
Hath (mind the tendril';, mission, strong and fine, — 
The coil which holds the world to plans divine. 

—Jesse Macgreg 



1>KAYER IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. 



SUNDAY schools are accepted by most Kvangcli- 
cal churches as an important auxiliary in the 
furtherance of the cause of the Master. . That they 
may be more effectual, we have a place for them in 
our prayers, 

As a rule, prayer is nude part of the opening and 
closing exercises. The character of these prayers 
is the purpose of this paper. The aim and object 
of all the religious exercises, in public assemblies, 
should be that "all things be done unto edifying." 

The Sunday schools arc generally provided with 
the different grades of lesson helps, suited to the 
ability or the power of the pupils to receive the 
ideas ol the lesson. The teachers, too, are select- 
ed, for the several classes, with the same object in 
view. If, then, the lessons are aimed to be taught 
that all can understand and be benefited, why not 
give more consideration to the prayers of the Sun- 
day school? 

Reason would dictate that the devotional exer- 
cises should be characteristic of more simplicity 
The language of the prayers should be so ordered 
that the children can comprehend them, and, as a 
matter, of course, the more advanced will be bene- 
fited as well. 

If this suggestion were made the rule, and the 
prayers cut down one-half in length, much of the 
restlessness and misbehavior on the part of the 
children, during these exercises, might be avoided. 
, Let no one think it too difficult a task to simplify 
his expressions and utterances before God. It can 
be accomplished by perseverance and practice. 

The best educated persons can talk understand- 
ingly to children in conversation. Then, why not 
study to choose such words, when addressing God 
that the juvenile mind can comprehend and be ben 
..Cited? 

As to the length of the prayer, it would seerr 
that three minutes would be sufficient time for on* 



to him, by saying: " Be not rash with thy mouth, 
and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything 
before God, for God is in heaven, and thou upon 
the earth: therefore let thy words be few." 

The wants and needs of the school should be the 
principal subject of this exercise, To pray for al- 
most every other state and condition of things in 
the creation, and merely hint for a blessing on the 
work of the hour, is hardly appropriate. 

While a general blessing should be invoked up- 
on all the work and workers in the school, it would 
not be amiss, sometimes, to particularize. Are 
there any sick, let them be personally mentioned. 
Are there those that arc indifferent and remain 
away without a lawful excuse, hold them up before 
the Lord in the prayer. Especially should the 
children not be forgotten. Their little bodies of- 
ten become wearied, coming through the heat and 
cold, and they should be made to feel that their 
presence is desired by being especially remembered 
before God. 

set apart for this work, 
□re simple and pointed, 
! of a stereotyped form 
of prayer service. 

Let their prayers ever ascend for more consecrat- 
d workers! Let there be more teachers who are 

ill ing to make sacrifices to advance the interests 
f their classes, who will make every effort to 

study to show themselves approved unto God, 
workmen that need not to be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth." 

Let alt. who profess to be God's people, so relate 
themselves to him that we may, in our prayers, 
realize the force of Christ's language: " Whatsoev- 
er ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give 
it you." John 15: 23. 

New Enterprise, Pa, 

A FEW SUNDAY SCHOOL VIRTUES. 



Let those, then, who ai 
im to make the prayers 
age the t 



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; of inspired men, directs 
siderate in our addresses 



In all classes and grades of work, whether physi- 
cal or mental, there must be some necessary ideas 
or elements that tend to prepare our minds and in- 
spire us, that we may be more efficient workers in 
whatever course we pursue. We wish to notice a 
few necessary elements of Sunday school workers. 

We should have as thorough an insight or con- 
ception of the work as car. be reasonably obtained. 
Those who work, not knowing for what intent the 
work is done, are likely to make a partial failure. 

We should feel an interest in what we are doing. 
Those who work without interest are likely to be- 
come drones. Drones have only present enjoy- 
ment at other people's expense. They lay not up 
for the future. The desire of Sunday school 
drones, while reciting the lesson, whether it be 
teacher or pupil, is to get over the present lesson 
as quickly as possible, and with as little said as pos- 
sible. The benefit that such persons get from the 
lessons, is generally little, if any. 

We should be energetic in the work. If there is 
no energy, the work will be a drag and will finally 
stop. If there is energy on the part of both teach- 
er and pupil, the lesson will be well-prepared, and 
there will be a lively recitation, in which there will 
be many good points brought out. 

We should practice concentration of thought and 
effort, both in preparing and reciting the lessons. 
While we recite, we should have, more especially, 
the whole force of our thinking capacities. We 
cannot recite a Scripture lesson and talk to our 
neighbor on finances at the same time. "Ye can- 
not serve God and mammon." 

We should practice economy of time. Surely we 
should not be so busy providing for the body, that 
we can find no time at all to feed the mind Look 
at this little problem, solve it, and get the answer: 
In one year there are 365 days. Call 300 of them 
working days; fifty-two of them are Sundays, and 
the remaining thirteen we will call holidays. It 
seems to us that thirteen holidays ought to be a 
sufficient number for one year. We shall say noth- 
ing about them. We leave that to your own dis- 



cretion. But take the three hundred work days 
and spare just fifteen minutes, or one-quarter of 
hour each day, to devote to Scripture study. This 
means one whole, solid, work-week, of six days, of 
twelve hours each, with three hours remaining, dt 
voted to Scripture study in one year. We leave 
to you as to what you ought to do on Sunday 
Can we do it? Will we? 

We should have these virtues about us for 
three- fold reason, j is., because by them we are lik< 
ly to please God; because they may be the cause c 
us inspiring our fellow laborers; and because the 
are a benefit to us. 

By them we please God because, when we po: 
sess them, we do more for him; we inspire our fe 
low laborers because of the influence they cause u 
to throw around them; we benefit ourselves by do 
ing more, and by more tully developing our m 
which is one great end of Sunday school work. 

Man is of a triune nature, vis,, body, mind, and 
soul. The mind seems to be the connecting link 
If this remains undeveloped, failure will be the 
suit. We go to the ra'lroad and see a large eng 
which possesses a wonderful amount of po 
We also see a heavy train to be drawn by it, but 
the connecting link is undeveloped and it breaks 
You know the result. God has given us a body 
which is the power; he has given us a soul, which 
is to be cared for by the body, or the powe 
has given us a mind, which is the connecting 
by which the power is attached to the load. ] 
leave this undeveloped, failure will be the r 
Here the Sunday school comes in as a pow 
means. The power will do us no good without the 
load; the load will do us no good without the pow- 
er; neither will do us any good without a means ol 
connection. These should be harmoniously devel- 
oped in order to meet the design for which Got 
gave them to us. If we miss the Sunday school 
we miss far more than many of us think, at first 
thought. If we go to Sunday school without the 
above virtues, we miss almost equally as much 

Br-dgewater, Va. 



BURIED BY A DOQ. 



A dog and a cat belonging to the same mastei 
were the best friends in the world, and spent theii 
time in frolicking together. One day, while play- 
ing as usual, the cat died suddenly, falling at the 
dog's feet. The latter did not at first realize 
had happened, but continued his play, pulling 
pushing and caressing his companion, but with 
dent astonishment at her inertness. After ; 
time he appeared to understand the situation, 
his grief found vent in prolonged howls. Presently 
he was seized with .the idea of burying the cat. Hi 
pulled her into the garden, where he soon dug i 
hole with his paws, and put in the body of his for 
mer companion. He then refilled the whole 
dirt, and, stretching himself out upon the grav 
sumed his mournful howling. The idea of burying 
the dead cat was extraordinary. Whence < 
the thought? Could it be imitation, or, which 
better explanation, did the dog have a vague idea 
of concealing the event, which might possibly bi 
imputed to him? But then it would seem uni 
sonable for him to call attention to the fact by 
stalling himself on the grave and howling. H 
ever, even human criminals are sometimes equally 
inconsistent. It is difficult to form an exact idei 
of what gave rise to the dog's conduct in this cast 
— Humane Journal. 



" Queen Victoria has a, strong objection 
tobacco smoke and will not allow smoking in 
of the rooms used by her, or in any place where 
is likely to smell the odor of tobacco. Even thi 
late prince consort forebore to smoke in her pres 
ence. On one occasion she happer 
the tabooed perfume when in Buckin 
and on making an investigation dis 
the Prince of Wales (then in his minority) 
delinquent. Her majesty forthwith gavi 
that the culprit should be confined to his r 
a month, and the order was rigorously carr 



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ed out. 



January 23, 1897. 



J?HE GOSEBL JvriESSIEJJSTaiEi-H,. 



55 



General Missionary 2 Tract Department 



Committee. Mount 



MOTTO FOR THE YEAR. — "Upon the first 
,,, of the tveelc let every one of yon tan by him in 
i„-c, OS God hath prospered him."—l Cor, 10: '£, 



" Lord, teach us the lesson of giving, 
For this is the very next thing; 

Our love always ought to be showing 
What offerings and fruits it can bring. 

There are many who know not thy mercy, 



The: 



.Hi. 



lifts a 



1 needed, 



Of the 678 officers of the Salvation Army in In- 
dia, all but eighty-one are natives of that empire. 



Every donation received by the Committee e 
titles the donor to ten per cent of the amount 
tracts, A coupon for the amount is sent with e 
ery receipt, and the church treasurers, and othei 
who receive these coupons, should not forget to c 
der some tracts for distribution in the home co 



Since a lack of knowledge ( 
mission labor, will not som> 
awake to this great work, writ 
bly of the needs of mission 



auses indifference in 

of those who are 

: carefully and forci- 

work in the world? 



Let us have short, pointed articles from every one 
interested in missions. Give the Brotherhood the 
benefit of your reflections upon the work of saving 



ouls, 



nay be 



th> 



No. 3, at the 
of the receipts for missions, the donations for 
onth of December were larger than the cor- 
:sponding month in 1895, by nearly Si.ooo. This 
irtainly is good. True, this comes partly from 
e special donations made to the Washington 
eetinghouse fund, but then it-goes in with the 
im total of giving, and the blessings will be the 



A little boy, reared in a Christian home, said 
to his mother, the evening after he was baptized, 
" Oh mother, I feel so easy and good. It is so nice 
to have Jesus as my brother." If that is his ex- 
perience, surrounded as he is with Christian in- 
fluences, what must be the flood of exaltation, when 
poor, wretched, sinful, degraded man learns that 
Christ may be and is his brother! What are we do- 
ing to bring about that joy in the hearts of others? 



Dcjru 



nber and December the following 
sent S30 or more for the Orphanage: Aid Society 
of the South Waterloo church; Penny Growers of 
the First Brethren church, Philadelphia; J. C. Lah- 
man, Mt. Morris, 111.; Mt. Morris Sunday school, Mt. 
Morris, 111,; a brother and sister and family, Lado- 
ga, Ind.; Nappanee Sunday school, Ind.; Green 
Tree Sunday school, Pa. Many others have con- 
tributed liberally in smaller amounts, and the work 
is receiving a good support. 



A brother, in a private letter to the office, writes 
thus: "We have decided, in our home, to support 
one orphan this year. When I see the extrava- 
gance displayed among our brethren at Christmas 
and New Year, spending money foolishly, loading 
the tables with fat dinners that only tickle the pal- 
ate and poison the blood, and the heathen go unfed 
with the riches of God's grace, my soul is stirred 
within me. I wonder what the reckoning will be 
when the Lord of the harvest shall come. If our 
non-essentials could be turned into the treasury of 
the church, what a work could be accomplished for 
the Lord!" 



Our tracts are being more generally used than 
heretofore, and this is a good indication of work 
among the churches. One may preach but many 
can distribute tracts judiciously and speak a kind 
word for the Master. This often has more force 
than a whole sermon. 



This is the busy season in the Mission Rooms. 
Many are paying interest on their endowment 
notes, others are ordering tracts for distribution at 
their series of meetings, and so the good work goes 
on. We are pleased to note the promptness of 
most of the brethren, who have given endowment 
notes in the payment of their interest, even during 
the cry of hard times. Where there is a willing 
mind and an earnest desire, the child of God will 
usually find some way to meet his obligation to the 
Lord, though he must deprive himself of some oth- 
er things in this life. 

One of the latest and best books published for 
the dissemination of missionary intelligence, is the 
" Knights of the Labarum," by Harlan P. Beach, 
Educational Secretary of the Student Volunteer 
Movement, for foreign missions. It is written as a 
text book for the study of those four worthy mis- 
sionaries, who, through great trial and much sacri- 
fice, succeeded in planting the Word in their re- 
spective fields— Judson of Burmah, Duff of India, 
Mackenzie of China, and Mackay of Africa. The 
life of each one is treated separately and briefly, 
and yet complete enough to give any one reading 
the book the salient points of each one's useful- 
ness. At the close of each chapter is a well-se- 
lected list of books, in which the reader, who wish- 
es to make a more complete study, can investigate 
to his satisfaction. The book is published by the 
Student Volunteer Movement, Ch cago, contains 
one hundred and eleven pages, and will be mailed 
to any address in a cloth binding, stiff back, for 
forty cents; in a linen binding, flexible back, for 
twenty -five cents. It may be ordered at this office. 



I The following article, with those that shall follow, is a part 
of a series of articles which began in the Missionary Visitor 
and had awakened considerable interest. The author is an 
educated Hindoo, and a warm friend of Bro. Stover's.— En], 

The young couple begins to live together as wife 
and husband when the wife is about thirteen years 
old and the husband from fifteen to twenty. 

The tenth day of the bright half of the last 
month, Aswin, is observed as a very auspicious 
one. It is termed Dashera, from Dasltum, tenth. 
On this day almost all males go as far as the boun- 
dary of their respective cities, towns, or villages. 
There they worship a tree, called Shami. A great 
many people gather round the particular trees, and, 
after paying homage to the trees, every one takes 
away with him a little piece of bark, twig, or leaf 
of the tree, or some of the dust on which its um- 
brageous shadows fall. This they consider as gold. 
They take it home and deposit it in a box, which, 
as they say, becomes an illimitable store (by virtue 
of the lifeless thing placed in it). 

Beggarly Brahmin priests meet round the trees 
to help people in their worship, and receive a 
trifling remuneration in return. These Brahmins 
who carry with them a bundle of Javera,— young 
sprouts of wheat and rice, which a few people sow 
in their houses in the beginning of the month As- 
win, in honor of goddesses which they worship, — 
distribute it among the worshiping hosts. Each 
worshiper fastens a small bunch of it into his own 
turban. On their way home they talk about the 
rich supper they are going to have that day. The 
inferior go to pay respect to the superior. This 
day some of the native princes sacrifice a fatted 
buffalo as an offering to the goddess Maka Kali, 
literally, great dark. Such is the auspicious day of 
Dashera festivity, on which females at home plan 
the setting apart of rooms for their newly-married 



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rangsments among themselves and communicate 
the news to their husbands, who tell them to look 
after the affair. Sometimes it so happens that the 
mother of the girl-wife shows obstinacy on her 
part and the boy-husband's mother urges the point, 
till a quarrel of words arises. If both the mothers 
agree, so much the better. The girl is sent to her 
father-in-law's in the evening, all decorated from 
top to toe, but she is a girl, and does not feel at 
home there. With pity have I looked upon many 
a girl as she went to her husband's home, crying as 
if going to a place of torment. She takes her sup- 
per there and is ready to turn over a new leaf to 
happiness or unhappiness, mostly the latter, for, on 
account of the lack of female education, most girls 
do not know how to attend to their husband's 
wants. 

Let me not get off the subject, These two are 
placed in each other's way in a private room, to 
glance, smile, talk, or conduct themselves as they 
deem proper. But it is not all gold that glitters. 
Is it possible that a green, unripe mango be sweet? 
Would two travelers, strangers, one from India, 
and one from America, talk as freely as two such 
who had known each other well even before they 
began to travel? Would a talkative old person en- 
joy the company of a bashful maiden? 

Now what I say is not concerning any individual, 
but is generally true. 

Sometimes the merry husband finds his wife in 
the roim too cold to stir. Modesty is an orna- 
ment to woman, but the ignorant husband regards 
it as an offense to his august self. He may, per- 
haps, choose to read, and the dull wife, instead of 
listening or suggesting something else, sometimes 
goes to sleep in the sacred bed in the same room. 
No sooner does the husband see his wife than he 
tries to avail himself of the opportunity afforded, 
being alone, and he chides her, perhaps, in that, 
some days before, she had had a talk with some 
friend about some imperfection in him, and so the 
seed of disunion is sown, and the seed continues to 
grow. Sometimes the husband talks upon matters 
about which the wife knows nothing. Thus they 
begin to know each other at a disadvantage. 

I must add that Dashera is not the only day in 
which young married people begin to live togeth- 
er. Some other day may also be selected after 
consulting an astrologer. But Dashera being the 
authorized day, no consultation is required. 

I have heard my schoolmates say something like 
this, that once one of them was preparing his les- 
sons on Friday night, in his room, on Dashera day, 
The next day being Saturday, he had to go to 
school early in the morning. He was reading a 
proposition in geometry, when his wife, who was 
more than a match for him, came and extinguished 
the light, and made him lay a-=ide his book. He 
became very angry, and began to call her names. 
She came up and put her hands on his mouth, and 
then he bit her. She gave him a push, and alto- 
gether there was such a racket that one of the 
neighbors remarked the next day that he was going 
to raise a storm in the teacup. 

Another wife came from her father's village, a 
few mi'es away and insisted on her boy husband 
buying her some wrist ornaments. He had no 
money, so he took a five rupee note from his fa- 
ther's drawer, got it changed, and gave it to her, 
His father missed the money and blamed the boy. 
He confessed, and the matter became known to all 
the members of the family. Similar tales and in- 
cidents of an occasional whipping are not rare. I 
suppose the little girl-wives do as welt as they 
know, but that is not much. " A very few wives and 
husbands are forlunate enough to be worthy of the 

Here I close the beginning of married life to open 
the more interesting account of its middle and end. 

While I thus describe these and other facts, to 
some of my countrymen I seem to be going against 
the Hindoo customs, but I am conscious that what 
I say is not only nothing short of the facts, but it is 
the unveiling of a monster that its hideous form 
may be exposed to the public view. 

Bulsar, Ind, 



THE GOSPEL 3yEBSSB3STt3EE-. 



January 23, 189;, 



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Do not fail to read the interesting news found 
the missionary page this week. 



Bko. H. R. Taylor is engaged in an interesting 
nd promising meeting in the Dallas Center church, 



Bko. W, H. Lichtv, of Waterloo, Iowa, gave us a 
very interesting talk in the Chapel last Sunday 



Bko. L, T. Holsjngek closed his meetings at 
Mexico, lnd.,with thirteen accessions by confession 
and baptism. 

Bko Geo. W. Cripe is now holding some inter- 
esting meetings in the Brethren's church, 183 
Thirteenrh Place, Chicago. 



s to the Lower Stillwater church, 
Uhio, are reported as the result of a series of meet- 
ings held by Bro. Geo. L. Studebaker. 



When last heard from, Bro. I. D. Parker was en- 
gaged in a series of meetings in Lordsburg, Cal., 
and four had made the good confession. 



Bkm. C. C. Root is reported to be in the midst of 
a cheering meeting at Soldier, Kans. When last 
heard from, there were seven accessions, 



Bro. J. W. Meivger and wife are now on the 
Pacific Coast, where they will spend the remainder 
of the winter. They may be addressed at Lords- 
burg. Cal. 

Last week we enjoyed a very pleasant call from 
Bro. A. M. T. Miller, of Pickrell, Nebr. Bro. Mil- 
ler is one of our most earnest Sunday school work- 
ers in the West. 

We need praying men and women, but especial- 
ly do we need professing Christians who will live 
out their prayers. People who live the way they 
pray are apt to make religious life a success. 



At the last Communion meeting, held in Solo- 
mon's Creek congregation, Elkhart County, Ind., 
Bro. J. 11. Warstler was advanced to the eldership, 
elders J. C. Murray and J. H. Miller officiating. 



Sister Lizzie M. Grater, of Sterling, 111., thinks 
that our people should put forth more efforts in the 
various parts of the great South, where the climate 
is mild, land cheap, and unsaved souls in great 
numbers. She recommends Benton County, Tenn., 
m particular, and suggests that if any one can give 
heed to this call, they addreno Bro. A. M. Shultz, 
Wig Sandy, Tenn. 



Sister Kate Johnson, of Meyersdale, Pa., 
that during the year just closed, 5,364 accessi 
the church were reported in the Messenger. 



Those who have ordered hymn books will exer- 
cise a little patience. The books have been de- 
layed in the bindery. We hope to be able to fill all 
orders inside of a few days. 



In one of our neighboring towns is a Sunday 
school Superintendent who has been serving for 
thirty-five years. A few weeks ago he was elected 
Superintendent for life, so that he now has a life 
lease on the office. 



Bro. L, W. Teeter is now with us, conducting 
interesting line of work in the Bible Term. He 
cached for us in the Chapel last Sunday evening, 
d is to preach each night during the week, re- 
tining over next Sunday. 



Eld. Christian F. Martin, of Naperville, 111., 
passed away last week in his seventy-ninth year. 
He had retired from active duties, and was awaiting 
the call to come up higher, when I 
came. Peace be to his ashes and rest to his soul 



The home ministers at Markleysburg, Pa., are 
now in the midst of a series of meetings at the 
Asher Glade house, expecting to commence anoth- 
er soon, at the Bethel house. A meeting in that 
church has just closed with eleven 



Our next issue will be one of more than ordinary 
interest. It will contain answers' from sixteen 
brethren and sisters to the following question: 

"When a child joins the Brethren church, does that change 
the relation between parent and child? Is the parent obliged 
lay aside the rod of correction, and resort to Matt. 18: 15-23 
a means of government in the family? " 



tid that the 



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nati, Ohio, are run by members of the Roman Cath- 
olic Church, and that they are kept open seven 
days out of the week. What kind of a reflection is 
this on the religion of the Pope? Comment is un- 
necessary. 

Solomon says, "A merry heart doeth good like a 
medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." 
Prov. 17:22. We need more cheerful hearts, and 
then we will have less broken spirits. Blessed is the 
Christian who has the cheerful heart, and whose 
cheerfulness is manifested on all suitable occasions. 



Last April twelve children in Arizona were given 
fifteen cents each, to use to the best advantage in 
making money for the Lord's cause. Some invest- 
ed their money in one way, and some in another, 
and last Christmas they handed in gio 80 as the re- 
sult of their efforts. That is one good way of do- 
ing missionary work. 



Last week we received a well-addressed envelope 
containing only a sheet of blank paper, white and 
clean. It reminded us of those people who are en- 
deavoring to keep themselves spotless and pure by 
doing nothing. We spread out the sheet and wrote 
this item on it, and we trust that it will now do a 
little good. Woe unto the blank lives! The man 
who buried his one talent had only a blank to 
hand over to his Master. Are any of our readers 
approaching the judgment with only a blank in 
their hands? 

Encouraging reports come from many parts of 
the Brotherhood. Hundreds are being added to 
our ranks, and it causes the angels of heaven to re- 
joice, as well as the saints upon the earth. These 
accessions bring additional responsibilities to the 
church, and especially to the officers, who are ex- 
pected to look after the spiritual interest of the 
new converts, and develop them for Christ. It is 
here that we fear many of us are neglecting our 
duty. We fail to understand, as we should, the im- 
portance of feeding and caring for the flock of the 



One of our exchanges speaks of "ornamental 
pastors," having reference to preachers who are 
willing to work with zeal for the churches in any. 
thing that does not make it necessary for them tc 
soil their hands, etc. We sometimes wonder if we 
have any ornamental elders, preachers, deai 
etc. What do you think of it? 



In some parts of Pennsylvania there is consider- 
able anxiety concerning the disappearance of Bro. 
Jonas H. Price, of Richlandtown, Pa. He left his 
home Jan. 7 for Philadelphia, and has not been 
heard of since. All kinds of rumors are afloat con 
cerning his mysterious disappearance. It is gener- 
ally supposed that he has been foully dealt with. 



We learn that Bro. Davis Younce, of Syrai 
Ind., passed over the river of death Jan. it and was 
buried the next day. Bro. Younce was not so 
widely known among our people, but he is spoken 
of as a man of piety, deep convictions, and a minis- 
ter of great earnestness and considerable ability, 
He goes to his long home, leaving many devoted 
friends to follow later on. 



We would like to impress our readers with tht 
thought that it is our purpose to be absolutely im 
partial in the handling of matter sent us for pub 
lication. Our purpose is to fill the paper, fron 
week to week, with the very best matter we hav< 
on hand, having due regard, at all times, for vari 
ety, and that requiring an early insertion. A goot 
paper is not made by an editor publishing every 
thing that comes to his desk, but by giving only 
the best. So keep on sending your matter, but be 
contented to leave us to select that which is th> 
more likely to instruct and edify. No one should 
feel offended if his communications do not appear, 
for that is something which now and then happens 
to the best of writers. 



THE NEW TESTAMENT BAPTISMS. 

In the New Testament six baptisms are men- 
tioned; the baptism of Moses, that of John, the 
baptism of suffering, the baptism of water and the 
ism of the Holy Ghost. To these must yet be 
added the baptism of penitent believers, which is to 
be administered for the remission of sins, " into the 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost." John's baptism and the latter may 
be considered the same in origin, design and mode, 
and is also typified by the baptism of Moses in the 
cloud and in the sea. The two that should concern 
us most, are the one contained in the baptismal for- 
mula, and the baptism of the Spirit. The former is 
intended for the body, and the latter for the soul; 
the one is outward and the other inward. 

All those who have accepted Jesus as the long- 
promised Messiah, whether convinced under the 
preaching of John, the preaching of Jesus himself, 
or the preaching of the apostles and others, had to 
submit to the rite of Christian baptism, in order to 
be assured of the pardon of their sins, and an ad- 
mission into the church upon the earth. To 
those who thus submitted to the sacred rite, was 
the promise of the Holy Ghost, which the apostles 
first received in power on the Day of Pentecost. 
Thus being filled with the Spirit, and being brought 

mpletely under its influence, was their baptism 

the Spirit. The same promise is extended to all 
penitent believers, who will properly follow the in- 
structions of Jesus. 

The baptism with fire, however, is intended sole- 
ly for the sinners, and in the New Testament fire 
baptism is mentioned alone in that connection. 
This may be seen by referring to Matt. 3: n, 12, 
and Luke 3: 16, 17. In both of these citations 
reference is made to the gathering of the wheat in- 
to the garner, and the burning of the chaff with 
fire. John was preaching to a mixed multitude,— 
the good and bad. Some were denominated as the 
generation of vipers. Such should be hewn dov.n 



January 23, 1897- 

and cast into the fire. This was their baptism. 
When Mark (i: 8) mentions the affair, he refers to 
but one class of people,— the converted,— and he 
also names only the baptism of the Spirit. So it 
will be noticed that the two baptisms are named 
only when the two classes of people are considered.' 
Additional proof of this may be derived from Acts 
1: 5, where only the apostles are kept in view, and 
the baptism of the Holy Ghost alone is mentioned. 
On the Day of Pentecost the apostles received this 
baptism, and when Cornelius and his household 
had the Spirit poured out on them, some time later, 
the circumstance reminded Peter of the baptism 
promised by John and confirmed to them on Pente- 
cost. 

All these facts taken together, and considered in 
the proper light, do most assuredly show that, 
when the saints alone were under consideration, 
mention of the Holy Ghost baptism was made, and 
the fire was referred to only at the time when a 
mixed crowd was considered. 

We are still to teach the sinner that it is his duty 
to believe on the Lord Jesus, to repent of his sins, 
and be " baptized into the name of the Father, and 
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." We are, also, 
to teach him, that to every truly-converted person, 
is the baptism of the Holy Ghost promised, and 
that he is to be under the influence of this power 
only in the proportion that he can yield himself to 
the Spirit. Then we are, also, to warn him, that if 
he will not accept the reasonable terms of pardon, 
offered by Jesus, nothing but the baptism of fire 
awaits him. He is to be hewn down, and cast into 
the fire. He is to be gathered up as chaff and 
burned. The righteous are to be gathered as grain 
into the garner, but the wicked, as chaff, will be cast 
into everlasting fire. J. H. m. 



could ha 
suppose 



THE GOSPEL MESSEISTG-IEIBL,. 

would have been shocked when the sad news came 
that he had been beheaded! How they would have 
wept on hearing that James had been beaten to 
death with a fuller's club at Jerusalem, and that 
another James, the brother of John, had been 
killed by Herod with the sword! Then, how their 
hearts would have been filled with intense sor- 
row, on hearing of the killing of first one apos- 
tle, and then the other, as the years went by! 
It may be that persecution would have come 
to their own door, taking away first one of their 
kindred, and then another. They would have 
heard of false brethren, of the corruptions in many 
of the churches, until life would have been one 
round of sorrow and deep distress. It would have 
required all the fortitude at command to keep the 
faith, and remain firm, respecting the teachings of 
the Master. 

After contemplating these things, do any of our 
readers feel that they would yet prefer to have 
lived during the middle of the first century? If 
they do, they view liberty and favorable surround- 
ings differently from the way we are impressed. 
While we thank the Lord for the grand work, done 
by the tried and true during the apostolic age, and 
for the faithful record of their labors, transmitted 
to us in the New Testament, we also thank him for 
the religious liberties and privileges with which we 
are favored, and we do most devoutly thank him 
that v/e have been permitted to live in this age, as 
well as in this part of the world, and pray him that, 
while enjoying such favors, we may so spend our 
years as to be numbered among the redeemed in 
the kingdom to come. j. H. M, 



THIS, OR THE APOSTOLIC AQE? 

few people, who think that everything in 
-ch is now going wrong, wish that they 
lived in the time of the apostles. Well, 
:se people could have lived in Jerusa- 
lem, or one of the cities of Palestine, during that 
time, what then? Would they have been willing 
to sell their lands and houses, and give the money 
to the apostles for the poor? 

Then, when the persecution arose about Stephen, 
we wonder how they would have felt, What would 
have been their feelings, when the persecutor, Saul, 
went from housp to house, arresting all those who 
professed faith in Jesus? How sad would they 
have been, on having to leave the old mother 
church on account of persecution, and settle in 
some city among strangers! While at Jerusalem 
they could have enjoyed the pleasure of hearing 
the apostles preach regularly a few years, but, later 
on, they would have been deprived of this privi- 
lege, and might have seen an apostle a few times 
only, for these apostles traveled much, and could 
remain in the different localities only a short time. 

They might have had the Old Testament to read, 
and it would have cost them more money than 
people of even moderate circumstances could have 
afforded in those days. But they could not have 
enjoyed the pleasure of reading the New Testa- 
ment, for it was not yet completed. Their only 
hymn book would have been the Psalms. They 
would have had no publication, like the Mess 
ger, or any other paper, to read. 

Then, just think of the sad news they would h 
heard, and of their experiences! They might have 
seen Paul beaten and stoned in the public streets 
and on the commons, and left for dead, with his 
clothes all covered with blood. They might have 
heard of his imprisonment at Jerusalem, and then, 
for months, learned of him being before this, that 
and the other ruler, and finally lost sight of him 
when sent a prisoner to Rome. Then how" they 



MAKINQ INFIDELS. 



THE OLD HORSE. 
The Church and Her Aged AUnlsters.— A Parable. 

"And unto what shall we liken her?" The 
lurch is like unto a man who had a family horse 



In this enlightened country are many unbelie 
for whom the churches are mainly responsible. 
The pulpit fails to teach as the Scriptures require, 
while not a few ministers do not practice even the 
few good things they preach. Then, on the other 
hand, the members are not living up to their pro- 
fession. The non-professor sees that neither the 
preaching nor the practice of the church accord 
with the plain teachings of the Bible, and, for that 
reason, he has no confidence in Christianity. 
He knows what the Scriptures demand of those 
who accept them, but because those, who do seem 
to accept them, are very little, if any, better than 
the better class of worldly people, he is led to 
think that there is very little in religion at any rate. 

A man of this class was handed a copy of the 
doctrinal issue of the Messenger, and urged to 
give it a careful reading. He did so, and said it 
was the best paper he ever read, for it agreed so 
well with the teachings of the Bible. In all proba- 
bility he is like thousands of others. He has little 
confidence in the Word of God, for the reason that 
most of the professing Christians do not have con- 
fidence enough in it themselves to obey its teach- 
ings. 

What we need to-day, as much as any other one 
thing, is a people whose lives are in harmony with 
both the letter and the spirit of the Gospel. Our 
ministers want to be careful what they preach, and 
how they preach. They want to preach the Word 
just as it stands in the Book, and be certain to en- 
dorse all of it. Then, they must practice what they 
preach. The members must seek a still higher life 
than what is found in most of the churches. They 
must get rid of the love and practice of those 
things unbecoming devout men and women, and 
seek to become commendable followers of the meek 
and lowly Jesus. Their daily lives must accord with 
the New Testament. If these things were done as 
they should be, we would have fewer infidels in the 
world, and many more Christians a great deal bet- 



which h 


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well for many y 


:ars. but 


has now 


grown old. 


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eyes arc 


getting di 


n, hi 


s strength is 


fai 


ing, and 


his days 


of usefulne 


sare 


past. 






What 


shall we do 


with 


old Ned? 


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ouncil it 


was de( 


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will 


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vill 


sell him, 


or we v 


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to the comm 




to shift 


for him 


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Ir 


his place u 


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11 get a 


young horse that w 


11 be 


adapted to 


our 


purpose 


and do 


is service. 










You may ask, What doth this mean, 


ind 


will you 



not give the interpretation thereof? Yes, we will, 
because the likeness thereof has been, in some 
cases, so real that we have been greatly impressed 
with it, though we confess that the parable, in the 
comparison, does injustice to the family rather 
than to the church, not because we think it ought 
to be so, or that it is the wish, on the part of any 
church, that it should be so, but because we don't 
think, and fail to appreciate how much service we 
have received from our aged ministers who have 
given their life-blood for the cause and to build up 
the church. 



;h cases that 
up to speak 



ter than the 
chu*-fches. 



ntes: 



feund in tht 



Of late we have come in touch 
aroused our sympathies and stirrcc 
that which we have been made to feel. We do it 
the more freely because we do not belong to this 
church, neither are we the old horse turned out in 
the commons, and if the Lord continues to smile 
upon us, we do not expect to be, as far as home, 
food and raiment are concerned, at least. But we 
are all members of the same body, and, therefore, 
10 one member can suffer without all of us feei- 
ng the shock, more or less, in proportion as we feel 
:he nearness of the relation, 

We may try to make ourselves believe that there 
s not much of such a feeling on the part of our 
aged ministers. This is because we have been 
keeping our eyes and hearts closed to their condi- 
ns and the circumstances by which they are sur- 
mded. Such aged ones have feelings of self- 
pect, as well as others, and it would be a very 
delicate thing for them to express what they feel. 
They suppress their thoughts and bear their heart- 
aches. There is nothing that the aged minister 
needs and appreciates more than an expression of 
sympathy and a show of gratitude for services ren- 
dered. This service may have been simple and 
poor enough, but they did what they could with 
the little help and encouragement given them 
by those who called them and placed the heavy re- 
sponsibilities upon them. 

Brethren, do you t 
you cast your lot to pla 
try? When we th 
ties upon the shoi 
to be our firm rest 
to him such help ; 
active service and in his declining years. 

It is not only the aged and neglected ministers 
that have such feelings, but his wife, and even his 
children, sometimes feel it even more keenly than 
he. We have, in our mind, just now, at least four 
such cases. Several of them feel it so keenly that 
it is sapping their souls of the Christian vitality 
that they so much need, to sustain them in their 
declining years. We have heard these feelings 
expressed from trembling lips, faltering tongue and 
tear-dimmed eyes. 

Brethren, is it any wonder that our young men 
should hesitate to accept the call, and entrust 
their future, their family and their old age, to the 
charities of the benevolent, with the picture of the 
ld and Hiscarded hors. before their eyes? You 





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(ik what 


yoi 


do 


when 


pi 


aceyo 


ur broth. 


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the 


minis- 


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:lp to 


place su 


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spor 


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sof 


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ma 


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lecded. t 


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58 



THE GOSPEL ZMZ^SSE^Q-EK,. 



say: "Why not trust the Lord?" Yes, this is all 
right, but when we trust in the Lord to care for us, 
we do it through the church, because it is through 
the church that the Lord works, and when the 
church ceases to do its work, the Lord has no fur- 
ther use for it. 

But is our comparison too strongly drawn? Let 
us see! Think a moment! Can any of you think 
of the old family horse that served so well your fa- 
ther or grandfather? How did they treat him, and 
what did they do with him when he got too old to 
do the needed work? 

Well do we remember the days, when, in our 
childish joys, we saw grandfather coming, riding 
on his prancing "Possum," the family horse that, 
for years, had carried him over the mountains and 
hills to the different places where he preached 
from Sunday to Sunday. But he, like all horses, 
grew old and older, so the time came when the 
question was raised: What shall we do with " Pos- 
sum?" Shall we sell him? No, he shall not go in- 
to the hands of those who would abuse him or fail 
to take care of him in his old age. He had been 
too faithful a servant to get such treatment. As 
grandfather was quite old, as well as his horse, his 
request was that Possum should be kept on the 
old farm, and tenderly cared for until his death. 
In summer he was to roam in the pasture field, at 
his own free will, and during the winter he was to 
be well fed in his own warm and well-protected 
stall. We also think of a number of other family 
horses that were thus provided for when they were 
old and could be of no more service to their mas- 
ters. 

Was this right? Certainly it was. It was the 
expression of appreciation for services rendered. 
We are informed of cases in which men have re- 
membered their horses and dogs in their wills and 
provided for them all that money could afford 
them during life. If men so show their apprecia- 
tion for the dumb brutes that serve them in their 
way, what should be the attitude of the church 
towards their aged ministers, who labored long and 
faithfully in administering to their spiritual good 
and comfort, and faced rain, snow and storm, that 
the appointments might be filled, and the cause of 
the Master enlarged? To treat him worse than 
humane men treat their family horse, or their faith- 
ful dog, would be a shame to any church. The 
church should see that these aged ones and their 
wives have comfortable homes and are so well pro- 
vided for that want may not be staring them in the 
fac», or the question be raised, What shall become 
of mother when I am gone? It is not enough that 
they should be provided with a house in which to 
live, clothes to wear and food to eat. Show them 
that you love them, and that you appreciate them 
for the services already rendered. Love and kind- 
ly recognition means a thousand times more to 
the aged ones than food and raiment. And, then, 
it is the natural and easy thing to do. Not to do 
it is unnatural, unkind and unchristian. 

While we thus speak for the aged ones, we also 
speak for the good of our young ministers. There 
is no way in which we can give more encourage- 
ment to our young ministers than to kindly remem- 
ber and care for the aged ones. This is the end- 
ing of us all, and knowing this, we are willing to 
labor and suffer, if needs be, that we may enjoy 



in the t 



«ng. 



One of our ministers, in the West, who takes a 
special interest in the ministerial meetings in his 
District, writes that it seems to him that he has 
just awakened from a long sleep. He realizes that 
our people are entering upon a new era of wonder- 
ful possibilities. We are pleased to learn that a 
number of our ministers are realizing this very im- 
portant fact. 



— * HOME + AND ♦ FAMILY *-~- 



[ SHALL BE SATISFIED. 



Nut here! not herel Not where the sparkling waters 

Fade into mocking sands as we draw near; 
Where in the wilderness, each footstep falters, 

I shall be satisfied; but oh! not here! 
There is a land where every pulse is thrilling 

With rapture earth's sojourners may not know, 
Where heaven's repose the weary heart is stilling, 

And peacefully life's storm-tossed currents flow. 
Satisfied? satisfied? The spirit's yearning 

For sweet companionship with kindred minds, 
The silent love that here meets no returning, 

The inspiration which no language finds, — 
I shall be satisfied. The soul's vague longings, 

The aching void which nothing earthly fills,— 
Oh! what desires upon my aoul are thronging 

As I look upward to the heavenly hills. 
Thither my weak and weary step»are tending; 

Savior and Lord, with thy frail child abide. 
Guide me toward home, where all my wanderings ended, 

I then shall see Thee, and "be satisfied." 
//arbor Springs, Mich. 



WHAT TO SAY. 



Many people are at a loss what to talk about 
when entertaining a guest, especially if the guest 
be a minister, or some other person of honorable 
position, yet they feel that they must talk, and, 
fating to think readily of any other interesting 
subject, after making some comments upon the 
weather, they begin talking about their neighbors. 

There is nothing wrong in all this, so long as 
we speak as becometh saints. But the moment 
the weather, we should 
we forget the 
:ion our neigh- 



that we forget wh 

drop that subject; and the 



olde 



should c 



There are many beautiful things pertaining to 
"the weather" if we would only look closely for 
them. Those who observe the glories thus dis- 
played, generally behold the beauty thereof in si- 
lent wonder and worshipful delight, while those 
who close their eyes to all the beauties of nature, 
are generally the persons who have most to say 
about " the weather." 

Let us be very careful how we speak, lest we be 
found complaining against our All-wise Maker. 
Can we not give htm praise in all these things? 

When I go out in the evening, and behold the 
beautiful stars, I think of the One who created all 
these wonderful things, and holds them in place. 
How great is he! 

Then, when I realize his greatness, which is far 
beyond human comprehension, I think of his ten- 
der care over the smallest and most unworthy of 
his creatures. The tiny insect, — the bee and but- 
terfly and ant,— how he provides for them! The 
birds, the flowers, the trees,— yes, every plant and 
every specimen of animal life— all are cared for. 
As I think of my unworthy self, full of sinfulness, 
and unable to do any good thing (save that he in 
his great mercy doeth these things through me), I 
realize what man is. Still God loves and cares for 
us,— every one. Not even a hair of our heads will 
escape his loving notice. 

When the beautiful, golden sun shines upon us to 
give us life, health, warmth, light and beauty, I 
feel grateful that he placed it there. When the 
pearly drops of rain fall upon the' earth to refresh 
it, I think of the angels in heaven that do rejoice 
over one sinner that repenteth. It seems like an- 
gels' tears of sympathy falling upon us. 

When the beautiful snow comes, it reminds me 
of all that is pure, and of the glistening robes 
which the glorified wear. When the wind sighs 
gently about the house, it reminds me of the rust- 
ling of angels' wings, as they flit about us, ready to 
do us good. When the storm rages outside, I feel 
safe and cozy in the shelter that my Father has 
provided. I feel glad that he ever affords us pro- 
tection, so that we may feel secure in his kind care. 



January 23, 1897. 

Even those of us who are not blessed with much 
learning, can think of these things, and it is far 
better to speak of the good, the beautiful, the love- 
ly, than to find fault. 

How it seems to warm the chilled heart of the 
formal caller, when we mention some pleasant 
speech that a certain one has made; when we tell 
them of some kind word that a neighbor has spo- 
ken; when we recount some simple deed of kind- 
ness, done by a humble friend or brother; when 
we tell of some good woman's noble, yet silent sac- 
rifice for another's benefit; when we tell of some 
one's self-denial, for parents, brothers and sisters; 
when we tell of some boy's generosity, some man's 
faithfulness, some mother's undying love, some 
father's untiring toil for a cherished one, some min- 
ister's good sermon that melted the hearts of the 
hearers, some deacon's kindly advice, that rescued 
a precious soul, some teacher's earnest plea that 
made a gentleman of a wayward youth, some class- 
mate's timely sympathy, that brightened a home- 
sick soul. 

Oh, there are so many good things to speak 
about! Why do we look at the ugly pictures in 
life, and try to stamp them upon the living souls of 
those about us? There are beauties in all nature. 
Talk of the beautiful things. Crime and fraud are 
not beautiful, nor pure and lovely. 

Make the souls about you beautiful, joyful and 
good, by talking of things that are most pleasant 
to hear. When we are entertaining a minister, or 
any one else, it is not helpful to our guest to be 
compelled to listen to a history of all the neigh- 
bors' faults, dishonest dealings and shortcomings. 
It is not even helpful to have continually poured 
into his (or her) listening ears, the lamentableness 
and sure destruction of all the erring members of 
other denominations. It does not help one to pre- 
pare a good sermon, nor does it help^to draw souls 
to Jesus, to have the false teachings and erroneous 
doctrine of some other class or denomination con- 
tinually held up to their view. 

It is far better to allow a ?iy guest (especially a 
minister) a little time to himself, for prayer, 
thought or study. Ministers do not need, nor do 
they wish, to be entertained all the time. They will 
enjoy their visit better, and do much better work, if 
allowed a little privacy. Then, when they are in- 
clined to talk, let us speak of pleasant things, beau- 
tiful things, lovely things. Let us mention the 
good traits of our neighbors, and the wonderful 
mercy and goodness of God! Let us speak of the 
joy that we feel in serving him and the profitable- 
ness of such service. Instead of speaking of the 
great opposition that we have to contend with, let 
us mention the wonderful help that we have! In- 
stead of showing the srnallness of any possibility 
of doing good, let us look at and present the bright 
side of the picture. Our guest will be cheered, 
warmed, encouraged and helped, and will be able 
to do much more for the Savior, than otherwise. 

"Let your conversation be without covetous- 
ness." Heb. 13: 5. " Let your conversation be as 
it becometh the gospel of Christ." Philpp 1: 27. 
" For our conversation is in heaven." Philpp. 3, 20. 
" Be thou an example of the believers in word, in 
conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." 
1 Tim. 4: 12. "Who is a wise man and endued 
with knowledge among you? Let him show out of 
a good conversation his works with meekness and 
wisdom." James 3: 13 (Please read the whole 
chapter.) "As he which hath called you is holy, 
so be ye holy, in all manner of conversation." 
1 Pet. 1: 15. "What manner of persons ought ye 
to be, in all holy conversation and godliness " 2 
Pat. 3:11. 

Dear ones, let us remember that " unto the pure 
all things are pure." Let us show - our purity 
by pure conversation! If we, who represent Christ 
to the world, will only show the goodness, the gen- 
tleness, the meekness, humility, mercy and love of 
Jesus Christ, in our own daily words and actions, 
both at home and abroad, in the pulpit and at the 



side, and whe 






uls 



htm, and win a crown in heaven. Let us always 
bear in mind that we are to represent a merciful 



January 23, 1897. 

Savior'to a dying people. We can represent him 
in mercy, but not in judgment, for he says, "Judge 
no t." Matt. 7: 1-5- 

We must avoid foolish and unlearned questions, 
knowing that they gender strifes, " and the servant 
of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle unto all 
men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing 
those that oppose themselves." 2 Tim. 2: 24. 

" Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, 
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things 






thing 



any 



Prov. 



.tsoever things are pure, 
-ely, whatsoever things are 
be 'any virtue, and if th 
praise, think on these things." Philpp. 
As a man " thinketh in his heart so is 
23: 7, and "out of the abundance of the heart the 
mouth speaketh." Luke 6: 45. "By thy words 
thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt 
be condemned." Matt. 12: 37. Let us have the 
Word of God hidden in our hearts, for it is pure 
and true! It will furnish plenty of good material 
for profitable conversation. Among those who do 
not wish to hear pure words, "silence is golden." 



-*~* CORRESPONDENCE *->•- 



Notice to the Churches in Eastern Pennsylvania. 

There was an election of officers held to elect 
trustees to the "Home for the Homeless," and the 
choice fell on Benj. Z. Eby, H. E. Light (elders); 
T. F. Imler and I. W. Taylor (ministers); Samuel 
Wenger and M K. Henry (deacons). Bro. S. R. 
Zug, being the elder of the church where the Home 
is located, is a permanent trustee. By the organi- 
zation the following positions were assigned: Eld. 
B. Z. Eby, of Manheim, Fa., Foreman; H. E Light, 
of Mountville, Pa., Secretary, and Samuel R. Weng- 
er, of Talmage, Lancaster Co., Pa., Treasurer. All 
the solicitors will please note that all the donations 
and loans are to be forwarded no later than March 
15, to the Treasurer, Samuel R. Wenger, Talmage, 
Lancaster Co., Pa., who will receipt for the same. 
H, E. Light, Sec. 

Mountville, Pa., Jan. 6. 



-U=LhJ GOSPEL IMIIESSIEnsra-IEIR,- 

you have completed 

often wish to refer. 

Bridge-water, Va. 

From the Flat Rock Church, Va. 

Nov. 7, Bro. Samuel Driver, of the Barren Ridge 
congregation, commenced a series of meetings at 
the Timberville church, in the Flat Rock congre- 
gation, Rockingham Co., Va. He closed the meet- 
ings on Sunday, Nov. 22, having preached, in all, 
nineteen sermons. At first the congregations were 
small, but they increased in numbers, and the meet- 
ings closed with a j, r ood interest. Four united with 
the church by baptism, and two were reclaimed, 
Bro. Driver remained with the members for three 
days, looking after the interests of the church. 
He suggests to churches that anticipate holding a 
series of meetings, to read and study well the two 
following chapters: 2 Cor. 13 and 1 Thess. 5. 

In the editorial notes, Gospel Messenger No. 
49< P a g e 7?6< 'he note concerning Bro. Driver's 
meetings, should read so as to state that nine were 
added to the Cook's Creek congregation, Va., dur- 
ing the meetings, recently held at the Dry Run 
Mission by Bro. Driver. N. Walter Coffman. 

Barrett Ridge, Va,,Jan. 2. 



Save Your "Messengers." 



We get good instruction from many 
chiefly from the Bible. In the Bible we have the 
general principles of the plan of salvation given us 
from the pen of inspired writers. 

In the consummation of this great law, " he gave 
some apostles, and some prophets, and some evan- 
gelists, and some teachers." Eph. 4: ri. It is 
their work to administer to the spiritual need of 
fallen man. 

Aside from these ardent Christian workers, we 
have the pen ministers of to-day, who, most assur- 
edly, cannot be considered inferior to the minister 
who inspires us from the pulpit. These silent 
workers, in their brief and effective way, issue to us 
the Bread of Life, through the press, by compiling 
books and contributing to our periodicals and our 
religious journals such information, as could not be 
delivered practicably from the pulpit. Greater 
depths of thought can thus be reached and larger 
fields covered, Perplexing problems may be pro- 
pounded and discussed. Hidden things may be 
revealed, and light thrpwn upon the darkness of 
our hearts. 

The Gospel Messenger is silent but powerful, 
m ministering to us the tidings of peace. Once a 
week it comes to us, laden with the product of the 
active talent of our church. 

Save your Messengers! Lend them to your 
neighbors, and ask them to kindly return the pa- 
pers after they are through with them. At the 
end of the year, arrange them systematically and, 
by some simple method, bind them together, and 



Friendly Criticism. 



Criticism, when rendered in the proper spirit, 
and for the purpose of pointing out erroneous 
ideas, improper expressions, gestures, or what not, 
may be allowable and result in good. 

In the many excellent articles, appearing in the 
Brethren's periodicals, I have, upon several occa- 
sions, noticed that the writers do not make the 
distinction that should be made, in order to a cor- 
rect understanding of the two circumstances, when 
alluding to the shepherds, to whom the an- 
nouncement was made of the birth of Christ, and 
the visit of the wise men from the East. Some 
writers, and even ministers, get the two circum- 
stances so intermingled as to make it appear that 
both took place at the same time. One will pre- 
sent the idea that the shepherds gave gifts to the 
babe; others, that the wise men found the babe ly- 
ing in the manger, wrapped in swaddling-clothes. 
Now this is all wronff, and if our children in Sun- 
day school are so instructed, no marvel if they 
grow up with wrong ideas in regard to the matter. 

It is evident, from the Bible history given, that 
the two circumstances were some weeks, at least, 
apart, and it is not at all improbable but what the 
child may have been a year, or more, of age when the 
wise men visited him. They found the child with 
its mother in the house, not in a stable, or while the 
child lay in a manger. The wise men, most likely, 
had a thousand miles ,0 come, and in those days 
travel was by slow methods. Their visit was, no 
doubt, after the child had been circumcised. The 
very fact that the edict of Herod was to the effect 
that all children of the age of two yean and under 
were killed, or at least, the order so given, shows 
that the time given by the wise men dated back 
some time. It is not probable that such a jealous 
king would have waited very long to carry out his 
murderous project, after the wise men had visited 
him. The phrase, "when Jesus was born" does 
not necessarily mean the day, week or month, but 
the period in the history of the world when it oc- 
curred. The historical account was penned many 
years after the actual occurrence took place. 

J. S. Flory. 
Los Angeles, Cal. 

From *he Thornapple Church, Mich. 

This church spent Christmas Day and evening 
very pleasantly, by meeting for a Communion serv- 
ice. The number of visiting members was not so 
large as usual, but those who met enjoyed a season 
of refreshing. Bro. Jacob Rarick, of North Man- 
chester, Ind., and Bro. John M. Smith, of Wood- 
land, were the only visiting ministers from other 
churches. The evening services were very impres- 
sive. It seemed to be a feast of deep, spiritual en- 



59 



joyment. There was preaching by the brethren on 
the two days following,— both forenoon and even- 
ing. Monday morning, D.-c. 28, we met for spe- 
cial Bible study, with Bro. Jacob Rarick as instruct- 
or. He used the "Bible Geography" and "Re- 
vised Normal Lessons," in connection with some 
outline charts, as helps to study the Bible. There 
were two sessions each day, from 9: 30 to 11:30 A. 
M„ and 6 to 8 P. M., closing on Saturday evening, 
Jan. 2. We believe these special Bible terms, con- 
ducted by brethren fully in sympathy with the 
church, in her faith and practice, will prove to be 
a power for good. They will give an opportunity 
to make many practical applications of truth from 
the events studied, and will open the way for a sys- 
tematic study of the Holy Scriptures in our homes. 
The "Life of Christ" was the principal line of 
study. We know much good seed was sown, and 
if we heed the text used on Sunday evening, — John 
13: 17,— the labor will not have been in vain. 

Peter B. Messner. 
Campbell, Mich, Jan. 4. 



From Liberty Church, III. 



At our last council-meeting, held Dec. 5, it was 
decided to hold Communion services on Christmas 
eve. As Eld. Geo. W. Cripe and Bro. John Ar- 
nold had arranged to be with us on Wednesday 
evening, Dec, 23, a fair audience assembled at the 
church, and Bro. Arnold preached an excellent 
sermon. On Christmas eve we held our Com- 
munion services. There were sixty-three commu- 
nicants. We had truly a " feast of love," by which 
we were strengthened and built up in the cause of 
the Master. Brethren H. W. Strickler, W. R. Lier- 
ly, and B. F. Britt were also with us. Bro. Arnold 
officiated, assisted by Eld Cripe. 

A number of visitors were present at the love 
feast services. We also had services on Christmas, 
at II A. M. Bro. Arnold did the preaching, re- 
ning with us over Lord's Day. During his vis- 
it with us he preached six sermons, holding forth 
the Word with power. We were favored with good 

sather and excellent roads. Robert B, Cakr. 

Dec.31. . # 

Thoughts on Mission Work. 



In Gospel Messenger No. 50 you attribute lib- 
eral donations from members at mission points to 
proper training. This liberality is perhaps due 
more to their isolated condition, and because they 
see the importance of greater efforts in the spread- 
ing of the Gospel. Many a one, after emigrating 
to a new country, got a new inspiration along this 
line. If the hundreds, who are now at ease in Zion, 
with inconvenient church privileges, were to emi- 
grate to an isolated place, they would give dollars, 
where they now only give cents to the mission 
cause. We could refer to numbers in whom such 
changes were wrought, and such liberality may al- 
so be found in Texas where the members are few, 
and where they see the great importance of doing 
miss-ion work. The Blue Mound church, Tarrant 
Co., is principally composed of two families. Not- 
withstanding the drought and hard times 515.00 
has been contributed for mission purposes, and 
besides this they saved the Mission Board over 
S12.00 in car fare, by taking their missionary to and 
from his mission points by private conveyance. 

Emigration increases the missionary spirit, and 
the best method yet tested for the spreading of the 
Gospel is by emigration, and what has proven a 
success must be right. Texas is a large mission 
field and it is surprising how many persons we meet 
with who have never heard of such a people as the 
Brethren. Since our arrival here I have often won- 
dered why our brethren, instead of emigrating to 
the cold regions of the North, do not come here 
and possess this goodly land, with its mild and 
healthful climate, where land is rich and cheap, 
and where a variety of crops can be raised close to 
good markets. So far, this winter we have had no 
snow and very little cold weather. While I am 
writing, Dec. 22, we have no fire and are comforta- 
ble, though all the doors are standing open. 1 do 



THE GOSPEL MBSSElTaES,. 



January 23, 1897. 



not write to advertise the sale of lands, 
a view of inviting the attention of those 
homes, to this section of country, and th 
spread the Gospel, J. F. F 

Fort Worth, Tex. 



leeking 

eby to 



My Programme for the Future. 

At present, my place of work is in Frankl 
County, Va. I have been in the Bethlehem ar 
Old Brick churches, and will spend the ne: 
three weeks in the Antioch and other congreg 
tions, and reach Roanoke City by Jan, 30. I wi 



great 



spend a few weeks 
childri 



the 



:ity, with the Fathe 



return to Botetourt County, and 
spend a few weeks with the good people of Be- 
thesda and Cloverdale. I want to be in the Second 
District of Virginia by the first of April, and work 
as the Lord may direct. 1 would like to spend 
May in Maryland. For the month of February 
address me at Roanoke, Va., in care of P. S. Miller. 
During March address me at Bonsacks, Va., in 
care of B, F. Moomaw. A. Hutchison. 

Jan, p. 

Prom the Pueblo Mission Field, Colo. 



Bro, Geo. E. Studebak 
staid until Dec. 21. He 
cheering sermons. While there v 
sions, much good seed was sown w 
much fruit, we hope, ere long. S 
had a permanent minister, they wc 
us. As this is a new Held the doctr: 
many. We held meetings one we 
(Artman P. O.), and one week at 
miles east. There appeared to be n 
the latter place. 

During our meetings we held a 
was a feast indeed. It has been 



ached nineteen 



hich will bring 



:k at Vineland 



paid for railroad fare alone, by those 

distance, would more than pay the 

holding a Normal for the benefit of a number of 

churches located close together. 

There is quite a demand for Normal Bible work 
among the churches, as the advantages accruing 
are becoming known. The Plattsburg congrega- 
tion decided to continue the Normal, as it was out- 
lined, and unanimously elected Bro. D. A. Shirk as 
their leader, who had attended our Normals before 
and is familiar with the work. 

Bro. D. L. Miller was with us four days and gave 
is some of his very interesting Bible talks, which 
h to the interest of the meeting, 
ee were baptized during the Normal, and oth- 
:re manifestly almost persuaded. 

S. Z. Sharp. 

From the Des Moines Valley Church, Iowa. 

Not any- 



■ith 



iddcd , 



feast. It 



arly 



years since wife and I had the privilege of partak- 
ing of the sacred emblems. The services were en- 
tirely new to one young sister. While there were 
only five members, besides the elder, gathered 
around the Lord's Table, yet we had the same 
promise as if there had been hundreds. 

Brethren, who is there that will come and keep 
up the work while Bro. Studebaker is absent? 

R. A. Patterson. 
Jan. 5. 

The Plattsburg Bible Normal. 

We have just closed one of the most interesting 
Plattsburg, Mo., 
le ninth year we 



Jan. 9 we held our quarterly counci 
thing of an unkind nature has occurred 
cils for nearly two years. They seen 
spiritual feasts. At 
elder, as the present 
about May 1. Eld. I 
turned from Colorado 
the lot fell on him by 

er, of Maxwell, Iowa, was witl 
iated for us as Moderator. Bt 
of the same place, also rendered sc 
sistance. Another pleasant featui 
ence of Eld. Geo. A. Shambergi 
Moines City, which constitutes a 
grcgation). He preached for us 
10. His texts were, Rom. 8: 16, j 
ing, and 2 Cor. 4: 17 at night. Sa 
Ankcny, Iowa, Jan. II. 



■icli. 



away 



late 

intends 
Goughi 

living among us again, 
mous vote. Bro. S. C. 
us, and kindly 
3. G. W. Gibson, 
me valuable as- 
e was the pres- 
r (now of Des 
part of our coi 
an Sunday, Ja 
7, in the mor. 
huel Bowser. 



The Florida Mission. 



Dec. 16 



ch, two 



. Lahn 
1 talk ( 



rolled \ 



in the fiv 



youth, 



:ver held, and this is 
le work of this kind, 
5 ninety-two, and the scope of the work 
jraced Old Testament History, as found 
: books of Moses, the Life of Christ, as 
:he four Gospels, embracing his infancy, 
anhood, ministry, his journeys and his 
work; the week of passion, and the day of cruci- 
fixion; Old Testament geography; New Testament 
geography; the relation of the Old Testament to 
New illustrated; the events in the week of 
illustrated by chart, shoi 
eat the Jewish passover, and that he was actually 
three days and three nights in "the heart of the 
earth," as prophesied in Matt, 12: 40, and as the 
Jews reckoned time. 

Sunday school work; the Old Testament institu- 



paSMon 



tions; 

of Christ; doctrinal 
pentance, Baptism, Convers 
Scripture and hymn-reading, 



the building 
bjects, such 



all 



if the church 
is Faith, Re- 



ed atten- 



Some may wonder how so much work can be 
done in two weeks? We answer, By devoting the 
evenings to study and the days to recitation. We 
have for many years, held Bible Normals in 
connection with our school work, but found that 
both we and our students labored under difficul- 
ties. Students who had all the studies they could 
carry, could avail themselves of only a limited 
amount of the advantages offered by the Normal, 
and when the evenings were devoted to sermons, 
the students had either to neglect some regular 
prepare indifferently, Then the amount 



ries of meetings at the 
les north of Hawthorn, 
as with us during the meetings, 
usalem, and preached one ser- 
On Christmas Day we baptized five dear 
s, ranging in age from nine to thirteen years, 
two oldest were among the number, 
n. 1 we held our quarterly council, at which 
Eld. E. J. Neher, of Keuka, was with us, We 
sorry to have him tender his resignation as 
r, and request church letters for himself and 
ly. They expect soon to locate in Northern 
Alabama. Bro. D. E. Stover was appi 
responding Secretary for the next year, 
pect him, after this, to give church news 



nted Co 



Jan. 2 w 

aged man 
called Brc 
J. D. Teet 
was held 



pcoplt 



news from Pine 

again met at the water and baptized an 
We then returned to the church, and 
D, E. Stover to the ministry, and Bro. 
to the deacon's office. Our love feast 
n the evening. Thirty-nine members 
led. Bro. Neher officiated. We had a very 
d pleasant love feast. Next day Bro. Ne- 
.ched his farewell sermon, which was very 
iate. Bro. Neher endeared himself to the 
)f Florida by "a pure life," and his place 
easily be filled. 



Wecl 
7 P. M., 



oft 



etings here Jan. 3, al 
e leave the result with God. I nevei 
saw members attend better, old and young. Sis- 
ters Lahman and Bowman, being in poor health, 
were anointed the last day of the meeting. 

C. D. Hvlton. 



Baltimore City Mission, 

very encouragingly at the 






Our work mo' 
Northwest Balti 
closed with a record of success, unprecedented in 
the history of the present workers. As previously 
reported, a new Sunday school was organized last 
April, with six classes. Last November we added 
the seventh, and Jan. 3 we added the eighth class. 

Our Northwest Baltimore Bible class enters 1897 
with new zeal for Bible study. Last Wednesday 
evening we rejoiced in having sister Alice Boone 
with us. Sister Boone gave us a very earnest talk, 



profitable suggestions on Bible study. 
As the plan was new to us and yet very plain and 
simple, we appreciated it very much. Sister C. 
Tempie Sauble, one of our volunteer missionaries, 
is spending this month at Bridgewater College, Va., 
taking the Bible Course. 

Our Sunday evening prayer meeting begins the 
new year with new workers in charge. 

Up to Jan I we had twenty-six sermons, thirteen 
of which were preached by visiting brethren, and 
thirteen by our home minister, J. A. Smith. 

In her December council, the Meadow Branch 
congregation (our mother church), decided to fill 
an appointment every fourth Sunday evening for 
us, in addition to the Sunday morning appointment 
on alternate Sundays by Bro. Smith. 

Our Sunday school is getting too large for our 
hall. 

Since our last report we have received over S50 
towards our proposed new church. 

Beloved in Christ, we earnestly ask for your 
prayess and help to get a house of worship. All 
correspondence and donations to the Home Mis- 
sion Fund, for building a church in Baltimore, 
should be addressed to the writer. J. S. Geiser. 
1607 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore, Md„ Jan. 8. 

From Globe, Arizona. 

I was sent here to do some preaching, but finding 
it to be the wrong time of the year, I start home 
to-morrow. I consider this to be a good place to 
work in the summer. I met with one family living 
twenty-two miles from the nearest white neighbors. 
Their grown-up daughter had never heard a prayer 
offered until the writer met with them. This fami- 
ly has been supplied with the Messenger through 
friend Ikenberry, and with tracts from the Mission- 
ary and Tract Committee. This seems to have had 
the desired effect, and the prospects are favorable 
that the whole family will come to the church. 

We need some one to labor for the Master in 
this part of the Territory, but it takes a man with 
some fortitude to ride a mule over the mountains 
for twenty or more miles, without meeting a white' 
man, and yet, brethren, this people's souls are 
just as precious in the sight of God, as those in 
heathen lands. C E Gillett 

Jan. 4. ^ ' 

From the Hickory drove Church, Miami County, Ohio. 

Bro. J. G. Royer came to us Dec. 25 and re- 
mained until Jan. 3. He preached for us at night 
and gave Bible lessons in the day-time, which were 
very enjoyable and, we trust, profitable to all. It 
makes us feel that more Bible work should be 
done in our local churches for the benefit of the 
young, and also the Sunday school workers. 

On New Year's Day three were received into the 
church; the next day three more came; the day 
after (Sunday), fourteen, and last Sunday two more. 
In all, we received twenty-two, — ranging in age 
from eleven to nineteen years. It is a time of re- 
children coming home. Could 



joicing to 

Bro. Royi 

would hav 

Tifpeea,, 



oubt 



been gathered 
• City, Ohio.Ja, 



The Mission Field in Iowa, 



he Brethr. 



I HAVE recently visited the members at Burling- 
ton, but, having failed to secure a place for meeting, 
we could not have public preaching. The people 
— very much prejudiced there, and slow to give 
tcouragement. To make city work 

success, we must have a permanent place of wor- 
ship. 

our return we stopped off with the members 
at Elrick, Iowa, and had one meeting. The mem- 
bers seem encouraged. On Christmas night we 
went to Lucas County, Iowa. We were with them 
about ten days and had meetings every night but 
one, when it rained very hard. We had good at- 
tention and congregations when the weather would 
permit. The members here are much built up. 
Bro. Kob gives them meetings once a month, but 



January 23, 1897. 



TIKIE GOSPEL MESSENGEE.. 



61 



they should have meetings oftener, and our breth- 
ren, in close proximity, should give them a call and 
preach for them. Address Martin Helsel, Derby, 
Iowa. 

Our arrangements are to go to the western part 
of the District in a few days I do not know how 
long I may stay. May God bless the mission work 
everywhere! Peter Brower. 

South English, Iowa. 



From the Black River Church, Ohio. 

We began a series of meetings Dec. 13, and con- 
tinued until Jan. 3. Four precious souls were add- 
ed to the church by baptism. One was added by 
letter. 

Jan. 1, 1896, we numbered fifty members. Dur- 
ing the year 1896 there has not been a funeral at 
the Black River meetinghouse, and not one birth 
or death has occurred among the membership. 
None were dismissed from church fellowship. 
Three of our number moved away; we received two 
by letter and four by baptism. 

Our collections for Home Missions were S15.85; 
for General Missions, £13.35. Th e Sisters' Aid So- 
ciety sent S5 00 to the Chicago Mission, and S5.00 
to the Baltimore Mission. 

At the beginning of 1896 the writer lent, for one 
year, to nine of her Sunday school class (from ten 
to fourteen years of age), ninety cents, — ten cents 
to each, — to invest and increase for mission work. 
Five of the number in one year brought S7.00. We 
send the money to the fund for the Smyrna Or- 
phanage. Mary Hoover. 

Chatham., Ohio, Jan, it. 



From the Bethel Church, Nebr. 

We have just closed a very interesting series of 
lectures, which was conducted by Bro. W. L. 
Bingaman. He began his talks Jan. 6 and closed 
Jan 11. Saturday evening he showed his numer- 
ous Oriental costumes and relics. 

The house was crowded to its utmost capacity. 
A collection was held for the Armenian Orphan- 
age, which amounted to S12.10 The attendance 
and attention were very good each evening. Bro. 
C Hope and daughter accompany Bro. Bingaman 
in his travels. 

Bro. D. L. Miller met with us Dec. 21 and 22, and 
talked both evenings on the Bible Lands; also gave 
us a very interesting missionary sermon on the 
morning of Dec. 22. 

A collection was taken up and §13.85 was raised. 
This was also for the benefit of the Armenian Or- 
phanage. 

Our quarterly council convened Jan. 9. Consid- 
erable business was transacted and disposed of 
pleasantly. Sue B. Flickinger. 

Carleton, Nebr., Jan. 13. 



From Fairvlew, Mo. 



We met in council Jan. 13. All business passed 
off pleasantly. We decided to hold a series of 
meetings in the near future. In the evening we 
liad a good prayer meeting. Sunday morning the 
Brethren preached for us. Two have been bap- 
tized since my last report. During the year 1896 
this church has had two series of meetings, and re- 
ceived eight by baptism, eleven by letter and one 
reclaimed. We granted letters to four members 
and lost two by death. I distributed six doctrinal 
Messengers. I sent my own copy to the north 
part of this State, to an old lady that wanted to 
know something of our faith. She then wrote back 
for more. I sent one to Indian Territory, to a 
young man who now writes he is going to take the 
Gospel Messenger, and that it almost made a 
Dunkerof him. 

We would like some minister to locate here, as 
our Brethren cannot fill all the calls for preaching. 
People are dying, without ever hearing the true Gos- 
pel. Who will be to blame? Nannie Harmon, 

p »or, Mo., Jan, 13. 



From Markleysburg, Pa. 

Our regular council was held on New Year's 
Day, and much business came before the meeting, 
which was disposed of in a Christian manner. The 
attendance was unusually large. Our church not 
being so much in harmony with the order of our 
general Brotherhood as desirable, steps were taken 
to work along that line, and to get the members 
more fully consecrated to the cause of our Master. 
It was also decided that our deacons, in making 
their visit, should go "two and two." In order to 
do this, a call was made for more deacons. At 
our next quarterly council, which will be Saturday, 
April 17, we expect to elect eight deacons and one 

We have held one series of meetings in this con- 
gregation, with eleven accessions, and are now in 
the midst of another meeting, at the Asher Glade 
house, and expect to commence another, Feb. 7, 
at the Bethel house. The above meetings are all 
conducted by the home ministers, 

Jasper Barnthouse. 



Notes x from x our x Correspondents. 



Blue Mound Church, Tex.— We met in quarterly 
council at Bro. J. A. Bowman's Jan. 9. Our minis- 
ter, Bro. J. F. Neher,— presided at the meeting. 
All business was pleasantly disposed of. We have 
received one precious soul into the church by bap- 
tism since our last writing. — Lizzie Boiuman, Sagi- 
naw, Tex. 

Ash Grove Church, Ohio.— Bro. Isaiah Rairigh, 
of Woodland, Mich., came to us Jan. 6, and 
preached till the evening of Jan. 10, delivering, in 
His preaching made good im- 
ids of the people. Two were 
received into the church by confession and bap- 
tism. — F. P. Cordier, Jan. 12. 

Citronelle, Ala. — Probably the first love feast 
ever held in this State, was enjoyed at Fruitdale, 
Jan. 9, Nearly fifty members, — mostly residents 
here, but having come from nine different States, 
surrounded the tables of the Lord. We now have 
three regular appointments and quite an interest 
has been awakened. We have two prayer meet- 
ings and a Sunday school within the bounds of the 
Fruitdale church.— A^. R. Baker, Jan. 12. 

Monitor, Kan3. — We met in quarterly council 
Jan. 9. Not much business came before the meet- 
ing, but all was disposed of pleasantly. Quite a 
number of brethren and sisters have moved away 
lately, but when we see the love for the cause of 
Christ, manifested at these meetings, as we do, it 
encourages us to work more earnestly for the cause 
of our Blessed Master. We decided to have a 
feast May 15, commencing at 4 P. M,—M. J. Mish- 
ler, Jan. 11. 

Soldier, Kans.— Dec. 22 Eld. C. C. Root, our 
State District evangelist, came to us and preached 
about twenty sermons with fair attendance, consid- 
ering unfavorable weather and other meetings go 
ing on near by. So far, seven dear souls have 
made the good profession, and others are seriously 
counting the cost. Six were baptized last Sunday, 
and to-day we gather at the water again. The 
good work is to go on for an indefinite time. 
Brethren, pray for the revival of the work in the 
Soldier Creek church!— Emily Osborne, Jan. 12. 

Mountain View Church, Denver, Colo. — Our 
quarterly council took place Dec. 19. Our elder, 
Bro. F. D. Love, of Castle Rock, was present and 
presided. Three letters of membership were grant- 
ed. We sincerely regret to see our members leave 
Denver, for our little church has but a small mem- 
bership at best. Bro. Henry Larick now preaches 
two sermons for us each Sunday, and though there 
are few members, we have a good interest. The 
Sunday school is increasing, and we are having good 
prospects. — Bertlia Buckwalter, Villa Park, Colo., 
Jan. 10, 



Bachelor Run Church, Ind.— Bro. Peter Stuck- 
man, of Nappanee, Ind., began a series of meetings 
at the lower house (at Flora) Dec. 22, and contin- 
ued until Jan. 10. Four were added by baptism 
and two reclaimed. One applicant awaits baptism. 
We had good congregations and good order, — A. 
W. Eikenberry, Flora, Ind,, Jan. 12. 

Maple Grove Church, Wis.— We met in council 
Jan. 8, Eld. S. H. Baker presiding. Through the 
labors of brethren Jacob Delp and D. M. Miller, 
thirteen have been added to the church during the 
past year by baptism. One was expelled. The 
church begins the new year with forty-three mem- 
bers, two elders, two deacons and several appli- 
cants for membership.— T. D. Van Bu*tn, 

Adamsboro, Ind.— Bro. Aaron Moss came to us 
Jan. 4, and remained until the night of the 12th. 
He preached, in all, twelve sermons. The meet- 
ings were well attended and the members were re- 
minded of their duties. One was baptized and 
many good impressions left. We held children's 
meeting on Sunday. It was a grand meeting. The 
children were well entertained.— E. C. Kelly, Jan. 13. 

Eglon, W. Va.— Jan. 3 Bro. Tobias Fike preached 
for us at Maple Spring. Brethren Emra Fike and 
Obed Hamstead preached at the Fraly school- 
house. On the afternoon of the same day breth- 
ren Samuel K. Fike and Albert S. Arnold, went to 
the Sugar Land church, to begin a series of meet- 
ings. Bro. Jonas was also away, holding a series 
of meetings at Thornton, W. Va. Bro. Jonas has 
since returned, and reports a good meeting, Jan. 
10 Bro. Aaron Fike preached at Glade View at 
10: 30 and Bro. Tobias Fike preached at Brookside. 
— Rachel Wcimcr,Jan 11. 

Cushing, Okla. T.— We are glad to see that the 
tenor of the teaching and writing of the Brethren 
is changing some,— we think for the better. We, 
as the church of Christ, ought to become more 
spiritually minded, and those that read the articles 
in Gospel Mfssbnger, concerning the Spirit, will 
surely be benefited. Our brother in India is im- 
proving his time, and not a few will get more 
of Christ in them by reading his communications, if 
they continue as they have begun. Every house- 
hold ought to have "The Lord Our Righteous- 
ness." I have read it, and want to re-read it. — A. 
W. Austin, Jan. 13. 

Ashland Church, Ohio.— On Thanksgiving Day, 
after services, an offering for the Washington City 
meetinghouse fund amounted to 820.69. Bro. Wil- 
liam Dessenberg commenced a series of meetings 
on Thanksgiving evening and continued over two 
Lord's Days. The immediate result was the addi- 
tion of two precious souls to the church. Yester- 
day was our regular quarterly council. Our elder, 
Tobias Hoover, of Chatham, Ohio, was with us. 
The meeting passed off pleasantly. Brethren A. A. 
Moherman and Oren Roberts were placed at the 
head of our Sunday school for another year, at 
the Dickey house. Sister Clara Snyder was selected 
to take the lead of the Sunday school at the Oak 
Grove house.— W. F. England, Jan. 16. 

Irvin Creek Church, Wis. — Bro. C. P. Rowland, 
of Lanark, 111,, who has been laboring for some 
time in the Wisconsin mission field, arrived at this 
place on New Year's eve and began meeting the 
following evening in the Baptist church. Next 
day being Sunday, we had preaching at 11 A. M. 
and 2 P, M., to attentive congregations. The 
weather being very unfavorable, we did not have 
services on Sunday evening. On Tuesday evening 
he began preaching again and preached each even- 
ing until Sunday, Jan 10, to a crowded house. 
The best of order prevailed. Although we can not 
report any additions, we were much built up in the 
good cause, and were sorry that our brother could 
not stay longer. Bro, Rowland met a great deal 
of opposition while here, but he did not shun to 
preach the whole Truth. After preaching several 
sermons in the country, he departed for other fields 
of labor. Bro. Rowland preached, in all, thirteen 
soul-cheering sermons, — Samuel Amick, Knapp x 
Wis., Jan, 12, 



62 

Bbideler. Ind. -We deed our series 
of meetings in the Lower Stillwater 
church, Jan. 3, with four ac-essions by 
- confession and baptism. One was bap- 
tized on Sunday before our 
Jan. 16 I go to Pleasant Hill, Ohio — 
Geo. L. S'udebakerjan. It. 

Buchanan, Mich. — Our meetings in 
the Berrien church, held by Bro. J. R, 
Miller, of Locke. Ind„ closed Dec. 20, 
with a full house. Although there 
were no accessions to the church, the 
members were built up, and a general 
good feeling prevailed. — Ellen Roose, 
Jan. 7. 

Mexico Church, Ind. — Bro. L, T. 
Jlolsinger came Dec. 10, and preached 
for us over three weeks. During this 
time he delivered thirty very instruct- 
ive sermons. Thirteen precious souls 
came out on the Lord's side and were 
baptized. Many others were impressed 
by the Word preached. The church 
was much built up— i'. T. Fuller, Mex- 
ico, Ind., Jan. 11. 

Flora, Ind.— The Bachelor Run con- 
gregation seems to be prospering in 
the work of the Lord, and moving on 
ward. This church is without a resi 
dent elder,— the first time for, perhaps 
sixty years. We have three minister 
in the second degree. Bro. Pete 
Stuckman, of Nappanee, is holding ; 
series of meetings at Flora, at this time 
with good results. Several have been 
baptized so Ur.— Cal/imne Burns. Jan S. 
Elk Lick, Pa.— Our quarterly council 
was held Dec. 31. Considerable bus- 
iness was disposed of in a very pleas- 
ant manner. Brethren S. F. Sanger 
and Levi A. Wenger, of Virginia, were 



CHS Q-OSPEL MESSENG-EH. 



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We ha 



Sunday. Our Sunday scho 



pre 



gressing nice 


ly, under the care of Bro 


M. S. Maust 


We have an attendance 


of about se\ 


enty scholars. A collec- 


tion is taken 


up once a month for the 


Chicago Mis 


sion. — Carrie N. Be achy 


Jan. 4. 





Oovina Church, Cal.-Jan. 2 we en- 
joyed a very pleasant quarterly coun 
cil. Lid. J. W. Metz^er, who, after the 
death of Eld. Peter Overholtzer, was 
chosen as overseer until a resident eld- 
er could be secured, resigned, and Eld. 
Joseph Trostle, late of Iowa, is now 
our elder. Since our last report five 
united with the church. We are en- 
joying two interesting Sunday schools 
and two prayer meetings. Our month- 
ly members' meetings still prove very 
interesting and edifying to all the 
members who atten 1— Hetlie A. Funk, 
GUndora, Col. 

North Manchester, Ind.— The -Spe- 
cial Bible Term at this place is largely 
attended. Nearly one hundred minis- 
ters, and others, from Illinois, Michi- 
gan, Ohi 
for the J 
great int 
who attend thi 
by the Bible school" 
to be derived by a few weeks conse- 
crated to Bible study. The services, 
conducted by Kid. L. W. Teeter, of 
Hagerstown, Ind , in the Chapel, are 
growing in interest. The Chapel is not 
large enough to accommodate all the 
people. Eld. Teeter knows how to get 
the people to hunger and thirst after 
righteousness, and knows how to feed 
them when they are hungry.—/. W. Ra- 
rick,Jnn. 11. 



ind Indiana, have enrolled 
rary Term and are taking a 
st in the work. Only those 
rms, given 



Chippewa Valley, Witt— We expect 
to enjoy a series of meetings soon, to 
be conducted by Bro. C. P. Rowland, 
of Illinois. He is, at present, preach- 
ing for the Irvin Creek congregation. 
We have regular preaching at our 
meetinghouse every two weeks, and 
prayer meeting every Sunday evening. 
—J. A. Baker, Reek Falls, Wis., Jan. 8. 

Lost Creek Congregation, Pa.— We 
have just closed an interesting scries 
of meetings at the Goodwill church, 
conducted by Bro. Levi S. Mohler, of 
York, Pa. He gave us sixteen instruc 
ive sermons. Our beloved elder, Sol 
mon Siebert, who had a light paralytic 
stroke, is again able to attend 
Brethren, remember him at a tl 
grace! Jan. 1 we held our quarterly 
Love and unity seemed to 
the meeting.—/. B Frey, East 
Salem, Pa., Jan 10. 

Alphoretta, Ky.— I ; 
ed from any congregat 
id would be glad 
uld preach a fev 
is a field here fo 
to work. Several deno 
the field, hut still there 
Who will come and ga 
for the Lord? I have . 
of our tracts, and in that way I am get 
ting our doctrine before the people 
The people here have never heard one 
of our ministers, nor even heard of a 
Dunker until I came to this country 
If any brother decides lo come and 
preach a while, and wants any informa- 
tion concerning the country, he will 
please write me; otherwise let him give 
the date of his arrival so I can make 
wn the appointment. — William R 



1 of the Breth- 



here, 
brother 



ibuted i 



meet you at either place. — Martin hiel- 
seljan.4. 

Loramie Church, Ohio.— Our series 
of meetings, conducted by Bro. Isaiah 
Rairigh, of Michigan, closed on Sun- 
day evening, Jan. 3 The meetings 
will long be remembered because of 
the interest manifested in the begin- 
ning, and which greatly increased as 
the meetings progressed. The church 
was greatly built up by the good, prac- 
tical lessons of Bro. Riirigh. Though 
the number making the good choice 
was not what we would like to have 
seen, yet we are glad that two precious 
souls were received into the fold.—/. 
F. Sanders, Oran, Ohio, Jan. 8. 



Mckinley. 

Delaware Co., 
daughter of Bro 
Kinley, acred 7 r 



January 23 1897. 

In the Mlsslsslnewa church, 
nd., Oct. Q , 1896, Gladys, 
Samuel and sisler Ella Mc- 
mths. Funeral services con- 
ler. G. L. Studkiiake «. 



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Garrison Ohnrch, Iowa.-Saturday. 
Dec. 19, we held our quarterly council, 
Everything passed oft pleasantly. Two 
letters were granted and two received. 
Jan. 1 we re-organized our Sunday 

hool, with Bro. Daniel Miller as 
perintendent. Bro. D. M. Garver 
Ohio, began meet 



here Dec 



nd closed 



the 



; of Jan. 1 

A. M., we 

followed by a 



. On the same day, at 
met for Sunday school, 
children's meeting. Bro. 
:r addressed the children, which 
ppreciated by old and young. At 
. M. we had public preaching. 
The house was well filled. At 6: 30 in 
ning we met for song service, 
after which Bro. Garver preached his 
for the present. Many 
good and lasting impressions were 
ade. — Lizzie R, Pugh Jan. 11. 
Derby, Iowa.— Bro. L. M. Kob held 
meetings for us on the fourth Sunday 
if each month, ever since February, 
896. He came again Dec. 20, to hold 
series of meetiogs, assisted by Bro. 
Peter Brower. Bro. Kob returned to 
home on Monday, Dec. 2j. Bro. 
wer remained until Jan. 3 He re- 
turned to his home to day. Our breth- 
n gave us ten very able discourses, 
'e missed one meeting on account of 
in. We had a good attendance 
While there were no accessions, we 
know there was good seed sown, that 
bring forth fruit in due time. 
Any ministering brethren, going over 
the C. B. & Q R. R., through Derby, are 
nvited to stop and give us a few meet- 
ngs. You can stop at Chariton and 
:ome down on the b'anch to Derby. 
If you drop a card to the writer he will 



'/lit Makers cj the American Republic. A 
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.stor of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian 
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■ies of popular lectures, full of historical 
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portraying pen pictures of the Virginia 
as. the Pilgrims, the Hollanders, the Pu- 
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work of George Washington, as a factoi 

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ducted by thi 

RAIRIGH. — In the Mississinc 
Delaware Co.. Ind, Dec. 21, 1896, i 
wife of John B. Rairigh, aged 7 
months and 23 days. Deceased was born ir 
Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 28, 1825. She was thi 
f ten children. Her husband and 
four daughters preceded her to the spirit land 

ineral services conducted by Eld. I. E. Bran 

"■ J. W. Rarick. 

MEYERS. — Near Millersburg, Iowa Co., 

wa, Jan. 2, 1897, Vester Christian, twin son ol 
John A. and Annie V. Meyers, aged 4 months 
days. Services by the undersigned. 
H. R. Tavlok. 

REIGLE.-In the Covington church, Miami 
Co., Ohio, Elisabeth Reigle, aged 73 years, 2 
months and 24 days. Funeral services by the 
Brethren, from Rev. 14: 13. Subject. " Encour- 
agement for the Christian." 

I. J. ROSENllERGER. 

BOWERS. -In Ihe Eagle Creek church, 
Hancock Co., Ohio, Nov. 24, 1S06, William 
Bowers, aged 85 years and 30 days. He was 
the father of five children, four of whom pre- 
ceded him 10 the spirit world. He was a mem- 
ber of the Brethren church upwards of fifty 
years, and served in the office of deacon up- 
wards of forty-five years. Bro. Bowers was a 
strong pillar in the church. He will be greatly 
by the church. Funeral services by 



lex 



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I of I 



results of a larf 
forth in a vivid 
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principles, and the occ 
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-MATRIMONIAL- 



IKENBERRY-GARLINGHOUSE. — At 

e residence of the bride's parents, in Gila 

County, Ariz , Jan. 3, iSg7, by the undersigned, 

Nathan Leroy Ikenberry and Miss Florence 

Evelyn Garlinghouse. C. E. Gillett. 



FALLEN + ASLEEP • • . 



few days, of pneum 
forehediedhecallc, 
ted. He leaves 
brothers and six siste 

HOOVER. — In the Mis 



mridge, Va„ Dec, 23, 1896, 
aged 23 years, 5 months and 
l member of the church for 
during which time he had 
earnest Christian life. He 
special love for music, and 
ker in the church. His i 11- 
uration. He suffered only 
imonia. Just a few days be- 
Icd for the eiders and was 
father and mother, two 
. Samuel P. Reed. 



.Dec.S, 






of friend 



el and Rosy Hoover, aged 
this father and mother prepar 
darling babe ! This little babe was found dead 
n bed by a tittle neighbor girl. Funeral serv- 
ces by the writer. ' Geo. L. Stuuebaker. 

GOTTCHALK -At her home, near Hour- 
Jon, Ind., Dec. 15, 1896, Mrs. Cathrine Gotl- 
:halk, aged 69 years, 8 months and 28 days. 
Deceased was born in Germany, March 17, 
Funeral services conducted by Mr. 
Grob, assisted by Bro. J. H. Sellers. 



the writer, assisted by his 

J ob l6; 22 - Elha/ar Bosserman. 

WALTERS.— In the bounds of the Wooster 
church, near Orrville, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1897, of con- 

umption, sister Mary Walters, aged 45 years, 
: months and 26 days. She leaves three sons! 
Her husband preceded her a few years ago. 

be was buried at the Paradise graveyard be- 

de her husband. Funeral services by breth- 

jnD. M.lrvmandEli Holmes. 

Maria Runkle. 

CRIPE. — In the Elkhart Valley church, 
Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 3, 1897, Nicholas Gripe] 
aged 77 years, 3 months and 2 days. Deceased 



Sbori 



r Dayt< 



, Ohic 



He 



emigrated to Elkhart County about sixty-! 
years ago. In 1842 he was joined in marriage 
to Lydia Ullery. To this union were born sev- 
en children; two of this number have preceded 
him to the spirit world. He leaves an afflicted 
wife, four sons and one daughter. He was a 
member of the Old Order Brethren church. 
Funeral services conducted by Benjamin Bur- 
kett of the Old Order church; and the writer, 
in the Methodist church, four miles west of* 
Goshen, Ind. 1, s_ Kult 

HIGBEE.-In the St. Joseph Valley congre- 
gation, Ind., Nov. 12, iSyG, of membranous 
ip and diphtheria, Ralph, son of friend Ra- 
il and Sarah Higbee, aged 5 years 6 
ths and 6 days. Funeral was private, at 
the house, and conducted by the writer. 

D. P. Miller. 
CRIPE.— In the St. Joseph Valley congrega- 
)n, Ind., of diphtheria, quinsy and croup, 
amie, daughter of Bro. Peter and sister Tilis- 
Cripe, aged 17 years. She united with the 
rst Baptist church in South Bend only a few 
;eks before her death. The funeral was pri- 
Lte. A few remarks were made at the grave 
by C. D. Case, her pastor. She was interred in 
the Ullery cemetery. D. P. Millkr. 

F1KE.— In Preston County, W, Va., Dec. o, 
S96, Bessie, little daughter of Bro. Solomon 
id sister Harriet Fike, aged 9 years and sev- 
al months. She was ill but a short time, of 
itmbranous croup, DAVID Fike. 

HOLDERBAUM. — In the Yellow Creek 
church, Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 23, 1896, sister 
wife of Bro. Adam Holderbaum, aged 
, 10 months and 8 days. She united 
; Brethren church about thirty years 
endeavored to live the life of a Chris- 
l her death. She was the mother of 
five children. She leaves a sorrowing hus- 
band, two sons and one daughter. Funeral 
rvices conducted by the writer. 

J. S. Kulp. 
LOCHNER.-In Ft. Wayne, Ind., Jan. r, 
97. Gertrude Blanche, infant daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Lochner, aged 15 days. Funeral 
by the writer, from Ps. 90: 5. 

J. Ahneh. 



January 23, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL nVTIESSiroTOEIR,. 



ANDERSON.— In the Yellow River church, 
Marshall Co., Ind., Dec. 30, 1S96, William 
Clarence, son of Bro. Edward and sister Alice 
Anderson, aged 10 months and 8 days. Funer- 
al services conducted by Bro. J. V. Felthouse. 
Alice Yodbk. 

BRANDT. — In ihe Berlin congregation, 
Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. zo, 1896, Walter Elroy, 
Infant son of Oliver and Cora Brandt, aged 1 
month and 6 days. Funeral services conduct- 
ed by the writer. W. G. SCHROCK. 

SKEELS.— In the Blue River church, Whit- 
ley Co., Ind„ Dec. 28, 1896, sister Margaret 
Skeels, aged 70 years. Her husband preceded 
her to the spirit land. One son and one daugh- 
ter remain. Funeral services by Eld. Leonard 
Hyre and the writer. C. K. ZuMRRUN. 

BEATLEY.— In the bounds of the Green- 
town churcb, Howard Co., Ind,, in the City of 
Kokomo, Jan. 2, 1897, Bro. John W. Beatley, 
aged 55 years. Funeral services by the writer, 
assisted by A. Caylor. Daniel Bock. 

PEFFLEY. — At his home near Ladoga, 
Ind., Jan. 4, 189.7, Abram Pelrley, aged 69 years, 
11 months and 27 days, Deceased was born 
Jan. 7, 1827, in Botetourt County, Va. When 
seven years of age his parents emigrated to 
Putnam County, Ind., where he lived until 
about six years ago, when he moved, to Mont- 
gomery County, where he has since lived. In 
January, 1850, be was married to Mary Crodi- 
an. To them were born six children, one of 
whom preceded him. His wife died May 24, 
1886. He was again joined in matrimony July 
24, 1887, to Amanda F, Shaver. He w 
faithful member of the Brethren church for 
about thirty-six years, and served in the office 
of deacon for several years. He was take 
sick on Christmas eve, and on New Year's Da 
the elders anointed him. When done he e> 
pressed himself as being ready to go. Fune: 
al services by Eld. Wm. Harshbarger, at th 
liethel churcb. Lula Harshharger. 

BEAR.— At her home in Cleveland, Ohii 
Dec. 21, 1896, of pneumonia, Mollie (Null) 
Bear, aged 73 years, 3 months and 8 days. De- 
ceased was born in Franklin Couoty, Pa., Sept. 
13, 1823. She was married to Israel Bear, of 
Franklin County, Pa. Five children blessed 
their union. Mr. Bear died in November, l8£ 
and was buried in the Ashland cemetery. Si 
ter Bear's body was laid to rest beside that of 
her husband. She was an exemplary membei 
of the Brethren church. Funeral service: 
were held at her home by Bro. Samuel Spran 
kle and the pastor of the Second Presbyteriai 
church, Cleveland, Ohio. Services at Ashland 
were conducted by Bro. W, L. Dessenberg, of 
the Maple Grove church, in which church sis- 
ter Bear long held her riTembership, 

David Snyder. 

ANSPAUGH.— In the County Line church 
Allen Co., Ohio, Dec. g, -1896, of membranous 
croup, Sarah, daughter of Bro. Jefferson and 
sister Harpy Anspaugh, aged6 years, 8 months 
and 5 days. She leaves a father and mother, 
four brothers and two sisters. The remains 
were laid to rest in the Lafayette cemetery, 
Funeral services by Bro, W. R. Guthrie, from 

2 Sam. 12: 23, assisted by the writer. 

J. L. Guthrie. 

SHROCK. — In the Sappy Creek church, 
Furnas Co., Nebr., Dec. 23, 1896, sister Carrie 
I. Shrock, aged 26 years, 10 months and 3 days. 
She was born in Miami County, Ind., but her 
parents, brother and sister C. Davison, moved 
to Nebraska in 1873, when she was three years 
old. She suffered a long time from consump 
lion. Bro. C. Holsmger baptized her in Deca 
tur County, Kans., in September, 1895. Sht 
leaves a husband and four little boys. A short 
time before she died she kissed her little hoys 
and said, "God take care of my little lambs 
A. C. Norz'GER 

WALTER. — In the Altoona congregati 
Pa., Dec. 31. 1896, Susan Jemima, daughter of 
brother and sister B. W. Walter, aged 13 years, 

3 months and 28 days. The funeral services 
at Altoona were conducted by Eld. D. S. Bral 
Her; text, Luke 12: 40. The interment was a* 
Claysburg, Jan. 2, where services were con 
ducted by Eld. Brallier and Bro. David B Sell 
Text, Matt. 9: 24. The little girl was not bap- 
tized, although she dearly longed to be. She 
made the effort on one occasion, but becar 
ill that she had to be taken from the watt 
fore the ceremony was completed. 

Jacob Kins 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

EDITORIAL- 

^neednrere Conversions 

IpOETRY.— 

:hild's Thought o! God. ByEliiabeth Barrett Browning 
uroph in Surrender. By S. John Duncan Clark 

ESSAY DEPARTMENT- 

e Relation of Parents and their Converted Children. . . . 
■h.: Ministration ol the Spirit."— 2 Cor. 3: 8. In Nine Pi 

People. By S. N. McCann 

janizingthe Sunday School. By John E. Mohler. ... 
r Relation, One to Another, in Christ. By A. Hutchison 

sscn Light-Flashes 

tes Irom the Chicago Mission. By Llzsic Howe 

,ks. By Nora E. Flory 

ins of Truth. ByO. S. Yount 

GENERAL MISSIONARY AND TRACT DEPARTMENT, 

?. AND FAMILY.- 



* EDITORIAL t MISCELLANY-^ 



It is astonishing how much some of th 

ry societies have permitted themselves to get into 

debt during the last few years. Some of them are 

eported to be in debt more than S 100,000, and, 

with every possible effort, can reduce the burden 

but slightly. We believe that the Lord does not 

ant his people to do mission work on the credit 

system. They should work on the cash basis, and 

no faster than they can pay. We trust that our 

ssion Boards will ever keep this in view, and not 

1 the church into debt. One of these days the 

Master is going to descend from heaven to earth, 

nd we do not want him to find a heavy burden 

anging over the Brethren church. But we need 

to bestir ourselves, or else he will find us greatly 

lecting our duty in more particulars than this. 

And while it is very important that he should find 

the church in line, it is equally important that he 

should find each member prepared for the judg- 



the meteor still at a white heat. Having no means 
of handling it, he informed some people there of 
the phenomenon he had witnessed. Hall and two 
other men then returned to the lot. On the way an 
empty lard kettle was picked up, and, reaching the 
spot, an attempt was made to scoop the fragment 
of a disintegrated planet into this plebeian recepta- 
cle. The piece of the meteor, on being removed, 
emitted fumes so pungent and nauseous as to drive 
the meteor hunters away. After waiting some min- 
utes for the stone to cool, the party again tried to 
get it into the kettle, but were again driven back 
by the odor of the gases. A third attempt was, 
however, successful, and the meteor was borne 
back to Turner's. Meteors frequently fall to the 
earth, but one seldom gets such a fine view of them 
as this Mr. Hall enjoyed. 



A man, by the name of Hall, in Oregon, a short 
time ago, had the rare privilege of seeing a blazing 
meteor strike the earth, only a short distance from 
where he was standing. It came like a ball of fire, 
followed by a trail of bluish sparks, and accom- 
panied by cracking sounds, resembling the snap- 
s' of charcoal. Barely missing the roof of a 
se, it alighted in a bed of hardpan, burying 
itself to the depth of some five inches. The dis- 
tance from where Mr. Hall was standing to where 
meteor alighted was so slight that he had a fair 
v of that portion of the meteor exposed. From 
this came a shower of sparks, much the same as 
though the component parts of the meteoric visitor 
contained a percentage of saltpeter. Going over to 
the spot where the fragment of some heavenly 
body, broken loose in space, had alighted, he found 



Were it possible to gather all the railroad em- 
ployees of this country and their families into one 
place, they would form an assembly equal to the 
entire population of the State of Iowa. The work- 
ing force alone numbers 785,034 persons, nearly all 
of whom a.'e men. These have charge of all the 
railroad lines and the immense traffic that is carried 
on. Each year they are entrusted with the lives of 
millions of people, only a very small per cent of 
whom are injured while in their care. The time 
was, when we did not feel the need of the excellent 
traveling and traffic facilities now afforded us, but 
that day is past. We hardly know how this great 
world could be run without these conveniences. 
They are here, not only to stay, but to be greatly 
improved, and the men who handle them compose 
a force, into whose hands are entrusted wonderful 
responsibilities of both life and property. But 
these responsibilities are not to be compared with 
those entrusted to the great army of Christian 
workers, whose duty it is to teach the people and 
administer about the affairs pertaining to the great 
highway of life. Of what special benefit would our 
traveling facilities in this world be, were it not for 
the influence of Christianity? Our Christian work- 
ers need to be aroused, and urged to give still more 
attention to their special lines of labor, for they 
must keep the Christian highway clear, that each 
traveler may reach his eternal destiny in safety. 

The papers give no disclosure of the real con- 
dition of things in the City of Bombay. The plague 
is on. Day and night the smoke ascends from the 
Hindu burning grounds. The papers have report- 
ed thousands of deaths, and it is said that the actu- 
al number of deaths is at least four times what are 
reported. It is told that 400,000 persons have fled 
from the city. Outgoing ships and trains are heav- 
ily loaded with passengers, while incoming carry 
comparatively few. It is the plague, the Bubonic 
fever. Some die in twenty-four hours. One Euro- 
pean went to photograph the district which is es- 
pecially plague-stricken, and he died, too, a few 
days after. All efforts and all energy is expended 
to stay the plague and help the stricken ones, but 
it still goes on. Hindoos and Mohammedans are 
nightly carrying torches and parading the streets, 
and calling on their gods, as they go, to stay the 
plague— but the plague still increases. New hos- 
pital arrangements are being made, too. The Par- 
see priests got together in their temple, recently, 
and there prayed to stay the plague. Christians, 
too, are working and praying. Natives have great 
dread of a hospital. They say now in Bombay that 
the doctors at the hospital kill them to get rid of 
them. So they would rather die at home among 
friends than to go to a hospital, be segregated, and 



finally killed. So they die, and many are never re- 
ported at all. With it all, I feel impressed that 
God is calling mightily that a prophet like Elijah 
arise among His people. Famine, plague, tidal 
wave, and crowned assassin and oppressor of God's 
people, — sometimes God speaks in mercy, some- 
times in judgment. I feel very much impressed 
that God is speaking to His people, and they do 
not recognize His voice. — W. B. Stover, Butsar, In- 
dia, Dec. 18. 

On account of the great plague prevailing in In- 
dia it has been deemed wise to fumigate all the 
mail coming from that part of the world. Every 
possible effort is being made to prevent the disease 
from spreading to other countries, and for that pur- 
pose the strictest quarantine regulations have be- 
come necessary. There was great excitement in 
Marseilles, France a few days ago, when nine per- 
sons on one street died very suddenly. As many 
vessels from India visit this port, it was rumored 
that the plague of India had come to the city. It 
required considerable effort upon the part of the 
health officers to allay the fears of the people. If 
the governments of earth were as much disposed to 
quarantine against some of the popular sins, as they 
are to guard against the introduction of plagues we 
mid soon get rid of the ravages of intoxicants 
d opium. And either of these is destroying 
are lives than all the plagues of earth put togeth- 



Solomon wrote that of the making of books there 
is no end. There, then, were but few books, so to 
speak, and these had to be written by hand, one at 
a time, but what would he say, were he living now, 
when thousands of new books are published each 
year! It is astonishing how rapidly books are mul- 
tiplying. It is stated that in England no fewer 
than 5,580 new books were published in 1895. be- 
sides nearly 1,000 new editions of old books. This 
does not include the thousands that were printed in 
other parts of Europe and in America. We may 
be safe in saying that not less than 15,000 new vol- 
umes came from the press during the year, and 
probably as many more in the year 1896. One 
wonders who writes all these books! It is probably 
not generally known that only about one book out 
of every fifteen that are written ever sees the 
printing-press One publishing house in London 
accepted 22 out of 315 presented for examination. 
Another accepted an average of about 13 for every 
500 submitted. It will be seen that thousands of 
people are writing books, and that but few of them 
succeed in getting their productions before the 
reading public. More people are now qualified to 
write well than in former generations, for education 
U becoming more general. And yet it takes more 
than correctly-written sentences to make a readable 
book. One may v/rite a work, containing not a 
grammatical error, and still the book, if printed, 
will not take. People will not buy and read it. 
Books, these days, must have something in them 
besides correct sentences. They must have some- 
thing that will rivet the attention. This is true of 
good books, as well as bad ones. But scholars will 
continue to write books, and the publishers will 
publish a few of the best of them, and, in that way, 
each year will bring to our notice many new and 
valuable works. But, after all, there is nothing in 
the book line so important as the one great Book 
that we must all meet at the judgment. Though 
we read all the books printed, and pile great houses 
full of them, they will pfofit us nothing unless our 
lives are moulded by the Sacred Volume that re- 
lates to the two worlds. 



TTTT2 '~'-0'^T 7, "Fm:. >/TE='..=3E" N Tr'-l 7, 7=', 



-ESSAYS;' 



A CHILD'S THOUOHT OF 00D. 

Thev say that God lives very high; 

But, if you look above the pines, 
You can not sec our God, and why? 

And, if you dig down in the mines, 

You never see him in the gold; 
Though from him all that's glory shines. 

God is so good he wears a fold 

Of heaven and earth across his face, 
Like secrets kept from love untold. 

But still I feel that his embrace 

Slides down by thrills through all things made — 
Through sight and sound of every place. 

As if my tender mother laid 

On my shut eyes her kisses' pressure, 
Half-waking me at night, and said, 

" Who kissed you through the dark, dear guesser? " 
— Elisabeth Barrett Browning. 



THE RELATION OF PARENTS AND THEIR 
CONVERTED CHILDREN. 

Some time ago. a sister sent us the followin 
query. We submitted it to a number of brethre 
and sisters, and below we give their answers. An 
while they are not all of the same mind, still the 
answers will prove interesting and profitable reac 
ing: 

When a child joins 
relation between par 
lay aside the rod of c 



In reply to your request, as to the above query, I 
will say: My comments on Eph. 6: 1-4 answer, in 
the main, the query, as I would now answer it. 
Hut I remark on the points in the query, as follows: 

I A child old enough, and instructed and de- 
veloped mentally, sufficient to know what it means 
to be a member of the church, is also old enough to 
profit by a proper admonition from its parents or 



the church, 



ulTic 



Of 



correction. This must be so, because it now pos- 
sesses reasoning powers. 

2. A child in the church is as much a child of 
God, as the parents or guardians are, hence, a par- 
ent, or guardian, has not the right to pass sentence 
and execute corporal punishment by the use of the 
rod upon a child that is in the church. If a case 
should appear where punishment might be thought 
necessary, the parent should remember that such 
child is entitled to a proper hearing by the church, 
to be dealt with for its misbehavior, just the same 
as any other member,— even the parents them- 
selves. If a child in the church cannot be con- 
trolled by parents or guardians, by throwing around 
it the appropriate Gospel " nurture " and admoni- 
tion of the Lord, including Matt. 18: 10-22, then 
they should tell it to the church. If the church 



an not be a 

to the child 

e, counsel or 

when it 

due the 

chance to 



:ed, then, of coui 
member of the church. This 
because (i) it agreed to receivL, _. 
admonition, according to Matt. 18: I0-; 
was received into the church. (2) It 
child because, otherwise, it has no legal 

make its own defense, and would be depi 

most sacred privilege, and the most valiant protec- 
tion, accorded to church members, by the church. 
(3) It is due the child because parents might err 
in their judgment, and inflict improper punishment. 
Otherwise, it would be putting an unsafe estimate 
on the judgment of parents in general. Some 
might not err, while some might. 

I now submit the above to your judgment. 1 
hope and pray that a safe answer to the query may 
be framed, as it is an important question. It is 
precious to me, because all those child-members 
are my httlt brothers and sisters, no matter who may 
be their parents, here on earth, 

Hagirstewn, Intt, 



DANIEL DIERDORFF. 

In my judgment I have come to the following 
conclusions: ( 1 ) a child, in joining the church, does 
not change the relation existing between parent and 
child, from the fact that the Bible does recognize, 
or, rather, command family government, and said 
government sometimes may demand punishment 
by the parents, either by the use of the rod or oth- 
erwise. Solomon said: "He that spareth the rod 
hateth his son, but he that loveth him chasteneth 
him betimes." Prov. 13: 24. Again, " Train up a 
child in the way he should go: and when he is old, 
he will not depart from it." Prov. 22: 6. Again. 
"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left 
to himself bringeth his mother to shame." Prov. 
29: 15. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, 4: 1-4, 
teaches this lesson, that children should obey their 
parents in the Lord. Paul meant to say that chil- 
ir parents who are in the Lord 
parents will surely bring up 
lurture and admonition of the 
n Col. 3: 20, 21, shows us the 



Id obey th 
themselves, for such 
their children in the 
Lord. Again, Paul, 
duty of children to parents 
n all the above quotations 



nd parents to childre 
: have family goven 



ment, and not the rule of Matt. 18: I5-23, or church 
government 

Again, the child, in uniting with the church, does 
change its relation to God, and also to God's fami- 
ly, as it becomes an adopted child through the 
dinance of baptism, but this change, or new r 
tion, does not change the family relation or family 
government,— at least, not until the child has ar- 
rived at the age of twenty-one years, as specified by 
law, etc. Paul, in Gal. 4: 1, 2, tells about the child 
being under tutors and governors until " the time 
appointed of the Father," hence we have a limit 
when family government may cease. 

I will yet give a few thoughts on Matt. 18: 
"Trespass," in a Bible sense, as given by Matthew, 
»ould imply an injury or offense, done to another 



January 30, 18 



I would not like to say that church members 
changes the relation between parent and child 
much as to entirely ignore parental corrector, 
My mind is this,— where there is, and has beei 
good family government up to that age, they wi 
not likely need much government either way, fo 
they are trained to use self-government, but wher 
this is lacking, Matt. 18 is the best way. A paren 
lacking judgment to apply good family govern 
ment, needs the aid of one or two more to hel 
him, and, if need be, the church. With this 
hold Matt. 18 the most prominent, if not altogeth 
er the government needed in a family of 
The more I think over it, the more I am i 
believe Matt. 18 is ail that is necessary. 
Booth, Kans. 



embers, 
lined to 



BRUMBAUGH. 



The 



children may do t 



andt 



urli 



yet it would be very unw. 
to Matt: 18. It might hi 
children away from the church. ] 
er, should violate a church rule, 
rected by church government, etc 
Franklin Grove, III. 



any little things that would 
jnishment by parents, and 
to proceed according 
a tendency to drive 
h. If a child, howev- 
uld be cor- 



I do not think the rela 
child is changed, after 
Brethren church. The de 
uniting with the church, i 
child knows right from 
could be reasoned with, at 
said to it. I could not 
child's faults to others, 
doi 



ion between parent and 
he child has joined the 
ire to be a Christian, and 
i an indication that the 
yrong. In that event it 
d understand all that is 
think it right to tell a 
as must necessarily be 
Id the parent resort to Matt. r8. We 
know how prone a child is to do wrong; its faults 
are many, and, day after day, it must be rea- 
soned with. The fifteenth verse of the chapter 
might be used to good advantage, and, should that 
not be sufficient, then resort to the rod rather than 
allow the child to be ruined for after-life. A too 
frequent use of the rod I do not encourage, but, 
rather, positiveness with reasoning. 
Ml. Morris, 111. 

JAS. A. SELL. 

In God's great system of governing the world he 
instituted the family and the church. The family 
s first, the church afterward. Neither conflicts 
(ith the other. Corrupt the family and the church 
s gone. The church, in its best and purest state, 
loes not interfere with the family. It renders it 
aluable assistance. The relation of parents and 
hildren is the same in the church as out of it. It 
s true, if children are impressed with the influence 
of Christianity, their training will be made much 
d the necessity of discipline in the family 
uch less. Parents, whose children are in 
h or out of it, should heed the wise man's 
counsel: "He that spareth the rod hateth the 
child." Even Jesus was " subject to his parents." 
Me Keel Gap, Pa. 



ation may be intensified but not 
changed. The son is no less a son because he is 
Christian. " Children, obey your parents," is ol 
and new law. The words referred to are addresse 
to Christian children. 

2. In my humble opinion there is no use for 
rod in the Christian family. The rod of the Bible 
does not admit of a literal interpretation, — wa< 
so intended,— the rod of affliction, etc. It is a sym- 
hol of correction and expresses that thought i 
most rigid sense. But Matt. 18 has nothing to do 
with family government. A child is a child of the 
home as long as he remains under the parental 
roof, and is subject to family government. ' 
more Christian he is, the more responsible he is 
the recognized Head. It is a question with 
whether this relation should ever be non-suited by 
Matt. 18, even after the child is no more a child. 
Huntingdon, Pa. 

D. B. EBY. 

The example of the Savior, as recorded in Luke 
2: 51, is a very good one for children that unite v 
the church. The relation between the parent 
child is not changed but a new relation added, 
the parent ought to discipline the child with re 
ence to the new relation they now sustain to e 
other. Mary, no doubt, felt different toward her 
son, when she found that he was about his Fathe; 

■na, III. 



When a child joins the Brethren church, it be- 
comes amenable to the Gospel. The parent should 
deal with it according to the letter and spirit of the 
Gospel. If both parent and child have the spirit of 
Christ and Matt. 18: 15-20, and respect Eph. 6: I- 
4, the rod of correction will not be required. 

New Enterprise, Pa, 



My mind is that the rod of correction for chil- 
dren old enough to be church members is unneces- 
sary. The law of love, properly understood and 
applied, is far better. No difference is made in the 
Perfect Law on account of fleshly or any other re- 
lationship, the same law being, so far as I know, 
applicable to all. The old style of whipping and 
scolding, in vogue one hundred years ago, by par- 
hool-teachers, is rapidly becoming rele- 
of barbarism, where it belongs, 
of love is employed in its stead, 



gated to the 
and the hight 

McPherson, A 



JOHN ZUCK. 

doubt, covers a w 
1 my judgment, to give ; 



ie field for 
definite an- 
, or depend 
haracter of 



The question, 
thought, am 
swer, might 

upon the age, natural disposition, 
the offense of the child. 

My mind is that the obligation and subjection of 
the child to the parent does not terminate with its 
uniting with the church. The parental relations 
are all the same, and Matt. 18: 15-23 is church gov- 
ernment and «or family, yet, as I stated above, age, 
etc., should, of necessity, be taken into considera- 
tion. 

Clarence, Iowa, 



January 30. **97> 



'X'JsLJii gospel rvrassEiisro-isiR-. 



W. R. DEETER. 

When the child joins the church it does, in some 
measure, change its relation toward the parent, but 
not entirely. The parent had to provide, protect, 
and educate the child before, and does after it joins 
the church. I use the word " educate " in a broad 
sense, embracing the religious as well as scientific. 
After the child joins the church, a new relation ex- 
ists. It is now a member of the visible church,— a 
brother in Christ. This does not abrogate the first 
relation, but creates a new one. It is just as much 
the duty to correct the child after, as it was before. 
This relates to moral wrong, but if the child tres- 
passes against the parent and persists in so doing, 
the parent may use Matt. 18: 15-23 for the good 
of the child, and the child should do the same thing 
with the parent, in case of trespass. 

MUford, Ind. 

DANIEL HAYS. 

By reference to Matt. 15: 4; Mark 6: 10-12; Eph. 
6: 4; Col. 3: 21; Eph. 6: 1; and Col. 3: 20, we learn 
that the Gospel does not change the relation be- 
tween parent and child, but it does change the life 
and disposition. The first commandment with 
promise is, to " obey father and mother." Fathers 
are required to " bring up their children in the nur- 
ture and admonition of the Lord." Full control is 
given parents over their children in the Gospel; 
and all discipline, except for gross sins, should be 
at the hand of parents, and not referred to the 
church. This applies to children who are church 
members and under age. The rod of correction 
would be contrary to Eph. 6: 4, and Col. 3: 21, 
seemingly. 

Broadway, Va. 

MARY HOOVER. 

To my mind this does not change the relation of 
parents and children, but Heb. 6: t, 2, 3, is made 
only the more obligatory upon children who have 
taken the solemn vow in holy baptism. I also 
candidly believe that when a child is old enough 
- and has understanding enough to be received into 
the church, that reason is a much better manner of 
correction than the rod. I also firmly believe that, 
if parents would always use wisdom in example and 
precept with their little ones, there would be little 
need of the rod for correction. 
Chatham, Ohio. 

I. BENNETT TROUT. 

The family and the church are each of divine ori- 
gin. Both were organized by the Creator. The 
Scriptures contain rules for each. The rules intend- 
ed for the family should be administered by the 
family in a proper manner. Those intended for 
the church should be executed by the church. 
Parents, in governing their family, are bound by 
and to the rules of God, and should, in no case, re- 
sort to Matt, 18: 15-23, unless they find themselves 
utterly defeated in the home. When a child unites 
with the church it is under parental control still, 
and the parent is still its parent and sustains the 
same relation to it as before, so far as the home 
life is concerned. Nothing destroys the home so 
completely as to make the private affairs of the 
family public and parade them before the church 
and the world. 

Lanark, III. 

"THE MINISTRATION OF THE SPIRIT."— 2 Cor. 3: 8. 



In Nine Parts—Part Five.— Christ's Other Self. 

" It is expedient for you that I go away."— John 16: 7. 

No man can comprehend God. The Trinity is 
yet more or less a mystery. God, three in one- 
one in three; three yet one,— one yet three. 

In the fourteenth chapter of John, verse 16, the 
Holy Spirt is doubtless referred to. In verse 17 
the same Spirit is referred to. Who is it, in verse 
18? In verse 3 Christ evidently refers to himself, 
but if he is referring to this same Christ —self— in 
verse 18, then his people are really left "comfort- 
less," until the dawn of the millennium, when he, as 
Christ, shall come again. But can not he be sim- 
ply referring to his other self, in verse 18, and can he 



mean anything else there? " I will come to you," 
that is, my other self, the Holy Spirit, will come. 
" But ye see me," verse 19, is it not his other self? 
"And I in you," verse 20, is it not his other self? 
"Will manifest myself to him," verse 21, is it not 
"my other scH?' 1 Is not this interpretation allow- 
able, and does it not put a clear construction on 
many Scriptures? He here only tells them a little 
of the Spirit in a gentle way, but says it will all be 
clear to them when the Spirit comes. Verse 26. 

" When he, the Spirit of Truth, is come" (John 
16: 13), what is he, as Christ's other self, to accom- 
plish? It must be interesting, for Christ tells us, 
" It is expedient for you that I go away." 

The Spirit convinces of sin. John 16: 9.' When 
sin is in the Christian's heart, the Spirit lashes him, 
and in the sinner's heart there is that deep realiza- 
tion that all is not as it should be. The Spirit con- 
victs of sin and strives with the sinner, but long 
ago, saith the Lord, " My Spirit will not always 
strive with man." Gen. 6: 3, 

The Spirit convinces of righteousness. John 16: 
10. It is a pleasant thing to have the witness of 
the Spirit and the letter of the Word unite in ap- 
proving one's own strength of faith and acts of 
righteousness. 

The Spirit convinces of judgment. John 16: 11. 
Jesus has given the standard by which this world 
shall be judged, and the Spirit bears witness that 
this judgment is true. (John 16: n). 

The Spirit sanctifies. Rom. 15: 16. Do we 
want to be set apart from the world, for "sanctify " 
means "set apart "? Do we want to be specially 
prepared for service? Do we want to be anointed 
with power from on high? It is the Holy Spirit 
that sanctifies. We must surrender to him. 

The Spirit will guide into all truth. John 16: 13. 
On this point I write very prayerfully, for here 
many of the Brethren have varying opinions, and 
here, too, is just the place where so very many good 
people get into error by mistaking the Spirit. Here 
not a few show themselves unstable, and then 
charge it up to God. But because many misunder- 
stand the truth, shall we say there is nothing in it? 
No, not while we believe " all Scripture is given by 
inspiration of God." 2 Tim. 3: 16. Shall we say it 
wasn't intended for God's children of all time? No, 
not while we believe Mark 16: 16 was intended for 
all who become God's children of all time. Then 
the sure promise is that the "Spirit will guide into 
all truth." 

I look upon the guiding of the Spirit as a very 
delicate matter. The Lord will give it to all who 
can receive it. Bro. Longanecker wrote well when 
he recorded that " every person must be passive to 
receive the Holy Ghost. We dare not resist his in- 
fluence. When he would lead us into all truth, we 
must be passive." 

I like to look at the leading of the Spirit, as if it 
were by four invisible silken threads, one in front 
and one behind, one on the right hand and one on 
the left. Whosoever resists the Spirit's power just 
a little, breaks a silken thread; and it is not very 
easily mended. Self-on-top instead of self-in-sub- 
jection is one of Satan's greatest agencies in break- 
ing these silken threads, in cutting off the influence 
of the Holy Spirit. Silken threads avail little with 
ponderous bodies much connected with the earth, 
but they are strong with such bodies as are light 
and cut off from the earth. 

Concerning the little, every-day affairs of life, 
does the Spirit lead at all? The Word certainly 
does. " Be angry and sin not." " If thine enemy 
hunger, feed him." "In everything give thanks." 
" Let him have thy cloak also." " Go with him 
twain." " Good for evil." " Right cheek." " Ev- 
ery idle word." "Appearance of evil." "In his 
heart." " Proud look." " Rejoice evermore." 
There are many others. " The Father, the Word, 
and the Holy Ghost, these three are one." 1 John 

5= 7- 

I know some, whom I love well, think it is belit- 
tling to the Spirit to regard him as interested in all 
the trifling details of the day. I verily think oth- 
erwise. When the great war-president stopped on 
the street to help a crying urchin find a lost cent, 



people said it was only one more evidence of Lin- 
coln's true greatness. The Word is full of referen- 
ces and helps for these little matters. Shall we ex- 
clude the Holy Spirit from this privilege of mani- 
festing His greatness by guiding us into the true 
ways of doing, even in the most trivial matters? 

Suppose I get into difficulty with somebody. I 
remember the Word, " And as ye would that men 
should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." 
Luke 6: 31. I go " into my closet " and " shut my 
door," Matt. 6: 6, and pray that God, by his Spirit, 
will lead me to do the thing that is pleasing to him 
in this matter. Afterwards I do what the saints 
must recognize is the very best. Now is my action 
due altogether to my good memory and my good 
judgment? If so, God pity the poor fellows who 
have small memory and less judgment. It seems 
to me it were better to give the Spirit credit for 
doing such things, than to put so much reliance on 
memory and judgment, for the promise is, " He 
shall bring all things to your remembrance, and he 
shall teach you all things." (John 14: 26.) 

Men's judgments differ, but the Spirit is one. Let 
holy men come together in any matter whatever, — 
they should separate by saying, " It seemeth good 
to the Holy Ghost and to us." (Acts 15: 28), 
Not only have the Holy Ghost, but have him first. 
Ought not every act and movement of life to be in 
the Spirit? Ought it not to be the Spirit always? 

Preaching in the Spirit. Acts 10: 44. 

Praying in the Spirit, Eph. 6: 18. 

Singing in the Spirit. Eph. 5: 19. 

Giving in the Spirit. 2 Cor. 9: 7. 

Living in the Spirit. Rom. 3: 5. 

Walking in the Spirit. Gal. 5: 16. 

Working in the Spirit. Rom. 12: 11. 

Unity in the Spirit. Eph. 4: 4. 

Death in the Spirit. 2 Tim. 4: 6, 7. 

" But," says some one, " this doctrine of the 
leading of the Spirit can be carried to the ex- 
treme." Of course it can, just the same as any 
other doctrine. Any thing can be spoiled, and the 
more delicate its arrangement, the more easily 
spoiled it is. Very many are not led of the Spirit 
because they do their own leading. Any one can 
be led of the Spirit if he pays the price. The Spir- 
it's leading is a precious thing,— it comes at a great 
cost. Many suppose they have paid the price, 
when they haven't paid the half. The cost is sim- 
ply this: Complete surrender, death and burial of 
self, followed by the strictest yielding to the minut- 
est impulses of the Holy Spirit, 

Bulsar, India. 



SOME REASONS WHY "THE BRETHREN" SHOULD 
BE A QREAT MISSIONARY PEOPLE. 



1. Because the founder of their doctrine was the 
world's first great missionary, " For the Son of man 
is come to seek and to save that which was lost." 
Luke 19: 10, 

2. Because the doctrine is intended for all the 
world, for every creature, and our Founder and 
Leader has left us the command, saying, " Go ye 
into all the world, and preach the Gospel to the 
whole creation." Mark 16: 15. " Go ye therefore, 
and make disciples of all nations." Matt, 28: 19. 

3. Because those who received the doctrine from 
the Master himself were missionaries, giving their 
lives for the work. Tradition tells us that all of the 
apostles, save John, died as martyrs for the cause 
they loved. Read carefully the first recorded his- 
tory of devoted, self-sacrificing missionary work 
among the heathen. See Acts 13: 22, 

4. Because the world cannot be saved without 
this doctrine. Salvation must come through Christ. 
" For neither is there any other name under heav- 
en, that is given among men, wherein we must be 
saved." Acts 4: 12. 

The world must hear and believe in Christ before 
they can be saved by him. Paul asks these very 
pertinent questions, " How shall they believe in 
him whom they have not heard? and how shall they 
hear without a preacher? and how shall they 
preach except they be sent? " Rom, 10; 14, 15, 



TIETIE GOSPEL nvEESSEKSTOER-. 



Do these questions not have as much force to 
our Brotherhood now as they had to the Brother- 
hood over 1800 years ago? Do. they not mean as 
much to us as they did to them? They were mis- 
sionaries. Are we? 

5. Because, to be Christ's children, we need to 
have his Spirit. When we have his Spirit we get 
the spirit of sacrifice, which is the spirit of missions 
and missionaries. " If any man hath not the spirit 
of Christ, he is none erf his." Rom. 8: 9. 

6. Because the unsalaried ministry of the Breth- 
ren calls for sacrifice and trust in the Lord. The 
true principle of a real missionary is cultivated and 
developed by every devoted and loyal minister in 
the Brotherhood. There are pressing demands 
made upon the ministry, but where the sacrifice is 
made willingly, we have much to inspire the 
church to true missionary effort. 

I believe that wc, as ministers, should not seek to 
sacrifice less for Jesus, and the great work of saving 
souls, but inspire our people to follow our example 
in giving their best talent and time to the work of 
the Lord. A church is never apt to get ahead of 
her ministers in sacrifice and devotion, but she is 
apt, if properly taught, to be willing to stand shoul- 
der to shoulder with her ministers, in every noble 
work. Hence, in our ministry, we lay the true foun- 
dation for a great missionary church. The minis- 
ter, called upon to give himself to God's great work, 
should trust to what Gud may place in his hands for 
the wants of this life, not being ashamed, if necessi- 
ty dictates, to labor wiih his hands for the necessi- 
ties of life. 

It is giving, SELF-GIVING, that God wants; it 
is not necessarily the coveted gold that God wants, 
but it is self, self on the altar, and God is glorified. 
If all could but lay themselves at the feet of Jesus 
and say, " Here, Lord, take me; take all that I have 
and all that I am, and all that I hope to be, and use 
me to thy glory. Not AS I will, nor where I will, 
but AS THOU WILT and WHERK thou wilt." 
What a power we would be in God's hands, if we 
would only let him so use usl 

7. Because we are strangers and pilgrims in the 
world. We do not claim this world for our home. 
We profess to have come out of the world. We say 
we have crucified the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of 
the eyes and the pride of life. Since our affections 
are where our hearts are, why should we not be a 
great missionary people? Why should not the 
world hear of our Lord through our weak efforts? 

8. Because Jesus has promised to be with us all 
the days, even unto the end. " Lo, I am with you 
alway (all the days), even unto the end of the 
world." Matt. 28: 20. 

Do we need anything more to inspire us and to 
urge us onward, than the assured presence of our 
blessed Savior? 

9. Because his Holy Spirit is with us, if we love 
him and keep his commandments. " If ye love me, 
ye will keep my commandments. And I will pray 
the Father, and he shall give you another Comfort- 
er, that he may be with you for ever, even the Spirit 
of truth: whom the world cannot receive, for it be- 
holdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know 
him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you " 
John 14: 15-17. (K, V.) 

It will not do for us to just say that we love God, 
but we must show that we do love him by doing his 
commandments. It will not do for us to cull God's 
commandments, but we must take them as they are, 
—from the least to the greatest. " Go ye into all 
the world, and preach the gospel to the whole crea- 
tion," means you, my brother, and you, my sister. 
Are you obeying? Answer this question before 
God, for "he that saith, I know him, and keepeth 
not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is 
not in him: but whoso keepeth his word, in him ver- 
ily hath the love of God been perfected." 1 John 
2:4.5' The great need of the world to-day is the 
plain, simple Gospel. Are we going to meet God 
in judgment without having made an effort to obey 
the command for which Jesus bled and died? 

May our consecration to God's great Word an- 
swer this great question! 



OROAMZINCI THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. 

BY JOHN E. MOHI.ER. 

When the Sunday school is held in the midst of 
an organized church, the church usually selects the 
officers of the school. If the person chosen as su- 
perintendent is at all competent for the position, 
the selection of teachers should be left to him, with 
the aid of his associates in office. The superintend- 
ent is the executive officer of the school, and upon 
his administration greatly depends its 



This .requires keen discernment and fearless dis- 
crimination. The superintendent dares not think, 
"Who expects to teach this class? " or, " Who are 
expected to be the chosen teachers? " but, Who can 
best fill this or that place •? 



This, if not already outlined by the church, must 
ceive weighty consideration at the hands of the 
officers and the teachers, who now become especial 
co-workers with them in the success of the school. 
As the main work of the Sunday school will be di- 
rected among the children and the young peo- 
ple, that course of study should be followed which 
will afford them the best available helps to the 
study of the Bible. At present there is no other 
course so fully equipped with lesson helps in every 
way, as the International Sunday School Lessons, 
and this fact alone is sufficient reason to adopt the 
course. Then all lawful aids to impress the lesson 
should be secured. These can be had of our own 
Publishing Company, and any Sunday school that 
does not give preference to the literature of its own 
church shows a lameness in its very foundation, and 
its work for the church will surely be much ham- 
pered. The following 

1. A good supply of song books. 

2. Plenty of advanced and juvenile quarterlies. 

3. The Young Disciple for every family represent- 
ed in the school. 

4. Children at Work. — one copy weekly for each 
member of the primary and infant classes. 

5. Sunday school primers tor the infant class. 

6. A large wall map of Palestine. 

7. The Pictorial Leaf Cluster, illustrating, in col- 
ors, each lesson. 

Some schools give each member of the primary 
and the infant classes reward cards, weekly, while 
others give a card only quarterly. 

A good, portable blackboard should be furnished 
ch teacher of the primary and infant classes. 



In arranging the classes the wide-awake super- 
intendent will give every advantage to the infant 
and primary classes. If the school is made espe- 
cially interesting to them, half its success is won. 
The infant class will include all children from those 
old enough to talk to those who can read from the 
Juvenile Quarterly. Where the entire school is 
heard in one room, the infant class should have a 
position next to the superintendent's desk, and the 
primary classes next to the infant class. 



This will vary greatly, according to the number 
of efficient teachers that can be had. There had 
better be a few large classes, supplied with good 
teachers, than many small classes with poor teach- 

The superintendent should plan to keep in close 
contact with the teachers, by arranging a regular 



lor the united study of the lesson, and the inter- 
change of thoughts on methods of teaching. 

In organizing a Sunday school where there is no 
Brethren church, much the same methods should be 
employed, although the superintendent will have 
harder work to control the school in harmony with 
our faith. Our literature must, by all means, be 
adopted if the work is to be a help to the church. 
There is nothing against our Sunday school litera- 



Jannarjr 30, 1897, 

ture, but there is much in favor of it. It will re- 
quire extraordinary care, coupled with good judg- 
ment, to choose teachers from those not our mem- 
bers. Fair-minded persons, who will study and dis- 
cuss the Scriptures conscientiously, should be 
sought. The teachers' meeting will greatly mould 
the minds of the teachers properly, in regard to the 
truths of the lesson. The teachers and pupils can- 
not long discuss the Scriptures, sincerely and with- 
out prejudice, without accepting the teachings of 
primitive Christianity, and right here is one great 
good of the Sunday school in the Brethren church. 
Warrensburg, Mo. 



OUR RELATION, ONE TO ANOTHER, IN CHRIST. 



I think a careful investigation of this question 
will be profitable to each of us. In I Cor. 12: 27 
the apostle says, " Now ye are the body of Christ, 
and members in particular." Then we get the idea 
that the members, as a whole, constitute that body, 
but as individuals we are but members of the body. 
In Eph. 4: 4 we read, " There is one body, and one 

Right here it may not be amiss to learn how this 
one body is formed out of the iudividual members. 
In 1 Cor. 12: 13 it says, " For by one Spirit are we' 
all baptized into one body," Thus we see that, un- 
der the guidance of one Spirit (the Holy Spirit), 
we all come into this one body. This enables us, 
then, the more easily to understand the relationship 
referred to in Rom. 12: 4, 5, which says, " For as we 
have many members in one body, and all members 
have not the same office, so we, being many, are one 
body in Christ, and every one members one of an- 
other." 

Here it occurs to me that we ought to see that we 
cannot afford to be indifferent as to our true rela- 
tion to Christ, through the medium of our relation 
to each other. In Gal. 6: 1-6 we have a clearly- 
defined outline of duties, privileges, etc. 

I. " Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye 
which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit 
of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be 
tempted." This brings before us the case of one 
who has been overtaken in a fault. What shall we 
do with the case? If we have the Spirit of Christ, 
we will do all we can to have that one see his mis- 
take, and do it with so much love for him that he 
cannot affo.d to be away from the body (the 
church). In this way we fill the measure of the 
second verse also, which says, "Bear ye one anoth- 
er's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ," 

But it is said that the fifth verse ignores this law 
of helping one another. This, however, is one of 
the many mistakes which are made by detaching 
one verse from its true relation, and forming a con- 
clusion therefrom. It says, " For every man shall 
bear his own burden." We must not lose sight of 
the fact that " we are members one of another," and, 
therefore, when I am helping to bear the burden of 
my brother, I am only bearing that part of my own 
burden. While we are all individuals, we cannot be 
independent of each other. If I am a foot, I cannot 
say to the head, " I have no need of you." 

But how is it about that brother whom you called 
to the ministry? What did you call him for? 
Well,— you are ready to say,— we called him to look 
after our spiritual interests, to teach us, etc. Let us 
see, then, how the sixth verse reads, " Let him that 
is taught in the word communicate unto him that 
teacheth in all good things." How about this case, 
any way? Will that brother be able to look after 
your spiritual interest, without giving his time and 
attention thereto? Must he look after the temporal 
condition and welfare of his family just as he did 
before you called him to serve you? If so, then 
you have laid upon him an additional burden in- 
stead of helping him to bear his burden. 

Did you ever read and note carefully Luke 6: 31? 
It says: " And as ye would that men should do to 
you, do ye also to them likewise." Whenever you 
get so that you are willing to have the church call 
you to the ministry, and then go on, preach and 
magnify your office and see after your family, too, 



January 30, 1897. 

—then, and then only, can you vote a brother in- 
to the ministry, and leave him to help himself. 

You all say you feel that you have about all that 
you can do to take care of yourself and family. 
Then, why expect that other brother to serve in the 
ministry and provide for his own family, too, un- 
aided? We have many brethren who are ablr, and 
who have done much for the Lord's cause. But 
while that is true of them, we have many poor, yet 
worthy, brethren who have been called to the min- 
istry, and would do good work, but they are not 
able to do justice to their families and the Lord's 
cause, too. One must suffer, and, not unfrequently, 
both suffer. Paul says, '■ If we have sown unto you 
spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap 
your carnal things? " 1 Cor. 9: 1 1. 

Brethren, think of your home ministry! They 
have the burden of the work upon them! 



QUERISTS' x DEPARTMENT * 



Between his baptism and the resurrection, the 
transfiguration was the crowning incident in the life 
of the Savior. It was needful for the instruction 
and the encouragement of the apostles, and for all 
future generations. It demonstrated Christ's di- 
vinity, gave full proof of God's approval of his 
work, and showed his superior authority over Moses 
and Elijah as lawgiver and prophet, for from that 
time on the world should hear Jesus. These three 
apostles were the special three admitted to some of 
the most sacred scenes in the life of Jesus, scenes 
that the others did not witness. See Mark 5: 37; 
Matt. 26: 37. 

I'lease reconcile Luke 12: 51, 52 with Luke 2: 14. 

B. B. W. 

The former, which speaks of dividing the house, 
arraying three against two, etc., refers to the spirit- 
ual conflict between right and wrong, — the warfare 
between truth and error, while the latter, " on earth 
peace, good will toward men," relates to the final 
triumph of the kingdom of Christ over the kingdom 
of darkness, or the kingdom of Satan. The con- 
flict between truth and error is not with carnal 
weapons, but with the Sword of the Spirit, the Word 
of God. and it will ultimately prevail; then will 
come the reign of peace on earth and good will to- 

Did Jesus himself baptize any one? J. B. 

John 4: 2 says, "Though Jesus himself baptized 
not, but his disciples." From this we learn that the 
water baptism was administered by the disciples. 
All water baptism is to be administered by man, 
but the baptism with the Spirit is administered by 
Jesus. See Matt. 3: n. 

Is it right for a minister of the Brethren church to attend a 
political meeting, preside, and even introduce the speakers? 
A. W. 

Most assuredly not. No minister can take part 
in political meetings without lowering his dignity. 
even in the estimation of the better class of worldly 
people. Let every professing Christian, and espe- 
cially the minister, keep himself unspotted from the 
world. 

A preacher here says our Christmas, Dec. 25, is of Roman 
Catholic origin, and is not the right day to represent the birth 
of Christ. How is this? H. M. 

The reasons for adopting Dec. 25 as the anniver- 
sary of Christ's birth do not seem clear. The day 
was first adopted by the Western church, and is 
mentioned by Clement of Alexandria as early as A. 
D. 200, Shaft's Encyclopedia, Vol. I, page 450. 
Chrysostom and Augustine, of the latter part of the 
fourth century, also speak of the day. At first the 
Eastern church celebrated Jan. o. but in the fourth 
century adopted the day that had been set apart by 
the Western church. From this it would seem that 
D ^c.j25 W as regarded as the date of Christ's birth 
before the Roman Catholic church came into exist- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEB. 

ence as a body. And yet we cannot think that it is 
the right day, for the birth of Christ must have ta- 
ken place not far from the month bf October, at 
which time the shepherds were still in the fields 
with their flocks. 

Is Sunday the Sabbath of the Bible, or is it God's Sabbath? 
If not, why keep it? S. J. Hale. 

Sunday is never called the Sabbath in the Bible. 
It is known as the first day of the week, or the" 
Lord's Day. We keep it not as the Sabbath but as 
the resurrection day or the Lord's Day, not in 
memory of the creation, or in memory of the 
deliverance from Egyptian bondage, as the Jews 
kept the Sabbath, but in memory of the resurrec- 
tion of Jesus from the dead. All those, who love 
and reverence Jesus as they should, will keep the 
resurrection day sacred for worship, without any 
special command. Love alone will and ought to 
regulate that. 

I would like to have Matt. 25: 29 explained. When is the 
giving and taking to occur,— in this world, or in the end of the 
world? If it is in this world, how is it that the one from whom 
the talent is taken, is to be cast into outer darkness, and if it 
is in the end of the world, how can he use that talent that is to 
be taken from the one, and given to the other? 

S. L. Burger, 

The giving of talents, in the first place, occurs in 
this life. To each person are given talents, and he 
is instructed to make a wise use of them while life 
lasts. At the judgment each one is to render an ac- 
count for the way he has used his opportunities. 
The one who has acted wisely will enter into the 
joys of the Lord. He who hides his talent, and 
makes no use of it. will be condemned and cast in- 
to outer darkness, and the future opportunity that 
he might have enjoyed in the services and joys of 
his Lord, will be passed over to the one having 
made good use of his opportunities in this life. 
The one receiving the extra talent, in the end of 
the world, will not be required to improve it in the 
sense that we now improve our talents, but in the 
way of performing the duties awaiting the faithful 
after the judgment. J. H, M. 



*>THE + SUNDAY + SCHOOL^ 



LESSON LIOHT-FLASHES. 
True and False Giving.— Acts 4: 32 to 5: 11. 

{Lesson for Feb. 7, i8gy.) 

Ever since sin set its seal upon the world and its 
inhabitants, it has been necessary for man to labor, 
which means that, in some way. he shall have a re- 
ward for it. This reward means his living and the 
attending comforts, such as food, raiment, a place 
in which to live, and such other things as are need- 
ful to make life what God intended it should be. 
Further, the Lord has so arranged that man, by la- 






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ciency for himself and family and have some to 
spare for the improvident, the sick, infirm, aged and 
such as cannot provide for themselves. This ena- 
bles some to give for purposes outside of the ordi- 
nary family events. 

The duty of giving is an old one, and while, some- 
times, it may seem inconvenient to give, yet, when 
done in the proper spirit, the giver is blessed as well 
as the receiver. Men. as earth-dwellers, form a 
brotherhood. We constitute a family of brethren, 
sis'ers and children. From the very beginning, the 
Lord intended that we should be our brother's keep- 
er by recognizing the family relation and seeing to 
each other's wants. Without discussing why some 
people are poor, we know them to be so. " The 
poor have ye always with you," and, instead of up- 
braiding th?m because of their poverty, we ought 
to be very thankful that we have been more highly 
blest. 

Giving was made a religious duty in the former 
dispensations, but in the Christian it becomes more 
than a measured duty,— it is made a part of our re- 
ligion, and so prominently that we see its workings 
in the very beginning of Christianity. It is because 

ot the closer tje that binde brother to brother and 



69 



child to child. Being born into a family means 
more than identification by sign, mark or rule. 
The relation becomes wonderfully intensified and 
the family idea becomes so strong that it is felt and 
seen in action. 

The beginning of this lesson is very characteristic 
and expressive,— " And the multitude of them that 
believed were of one heart and of one soul; neither 
said any of them that aught of the things which he 
possessed was his own: but they had all things com- 
mon." This was the primal outgrowth of the spirit 
of Christianity in its pure state, and we geta way 
from it only as we get away from our better Christ- 
life. This kind of giving grows out of the Christed 
family relation. It was a full recognition of the 
Christ-born tie, that binds brother to brother and 
says, in unmistakable language, " We arc one." 

vas there any among them that lacked: 
ts were possessors of lands or houses 
id brought the prices of the things that 
were sold, and laid them down at the apostles' feet: 
and distribution was made unto every man accord- 
ing as he had need." This was true giving, because 
it was the outgrowth of the new relation that made 
them kindred spirits. 
The circumstances \ 
large number that wer 
dom and because of si 
In order that the 

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peculiar, because of the 
>nce born into the king- 

f so many of these being poor. 

might be no immediate suffcr- 

y that unusual 



at this time, and, because of this, the principle is 
made to stand out in outline more prominently than 
it would otherwise have done. But the lesson comes 
to us with none the less force, that we are to give 
as the need may be, and in it we not only have the 
lesson of giving, but also how we should give, and 
the spirit that should prompt our giving. Love, — 
true Christian love,— is at the bottom of it all. If 
we love as brethren, we will do .and give as breth- 
ren. We will bear each other's burdens. These 
men pave because they were born into the family 
of Christ, all members of one body, and felt that 
what they had belonged to them all, just as children 
of the same earthly parents feel that their interests 
are common to all. This is giving in the true spirit, 
and from it we are to learn that we are all only 
stewards, to whom the Lord has entrusted what be- 
longs to him, and, therefore, we are to give as need- 
ed for his children, our brethren, and for the carry- 
ing on of his purposes. 

The false or wrong giving we have in the begin- 
ning of the fifth chapter, in the case of Ananias and 
Sapphira, his wife. They wanted to make a show 
in giving because others had been doing so, and not 
because they had a desire to do it,— or it was a 
pleasure for them to do so. They wanted to main- 
tain their standing in the family and at the same 
time retain part of their wealth. Their sin was not 
in withholding a part, but in the false pretense. If 
it was not in their hearts to give all, it would have 
been much better if they had honestly said so. But 
pretending to be moved by the Holy Ghost to give 
all and then holding back a part was making a ter- 
rible crime in abusing a very precious privilege af- 
forded them. The penalty, as meted out, seems to 
be a severe one, but the time and circumstances de- 
manded that the terrible sin of lying in the face of 
God, might not be repeated. It was a grave wrong, 
and the warning, though loud, has not been ton 
great, as it is to be feared that much of this kind of 
giving is still practiced. Though the same penalty 
does not immediately follow the sin committed, it 
is none the less a sin, and will have to be accounted 
for when the time for settling comes. These peo- 
ple were used as a warning to us, and if we heed it 
not, our final condition may be much worse than 
theirs, hecause we have time and place for repent- 
ance which was not afforded to them. 

Are there not times when we are asked for mon- 
ey, when we give a small sum and say that it is all 
we have, or all we can give, when we have more and 
could give more if we would follow our convictions 
of duty? 

Let this lessor! Come home to all of us with 
sledge-hammer force! Let us be honest before God 
and men and say only what we do! "■ B - "• 



-*-THE ♦ YOUNQ * PEOPLE-*- 




NOTES FROM THE CHICAUO MISSION. 



— Bro. George Cripe, of Cerrogordo, III., is now 
with us, holding meetings. His daughter, Cora 
Cripe, is one of our regular workers in the mission. 
Sister Susie Forney, of Polo, III., is the third sister. 
Bro. Cripe had for his text last evening, "The way 
of the transgressor is hard." As he related circum- 
stances, describing the trouble and sorrow brought 
into the lives of many, through sin and crime, our 
hearts melted within us, as we recalled the deep 
sorrow brought to some of our own dear brethren 
and sisters. We also recalled the sorrow-stricken 
countenance of a fallen woman, who came to us a 
few months ago, for prayer and sympathy. Yes, 
sin is terrible. Not only do the fallen themselves 
suffer, but even more keen seem the heartaches of 
the friends. Notwithstanding this, let us labor 
more earnestly for the restoration of the fallen, re- 
flecting in our lives the spirit of Christ, when he 
said, " Go, and sin no more, lest a worse thing 
come upon you." "Abandoned!" Did you ever 
think what it might mean to have society write that 
beside your name? Do you realize what it is to 
have home and church and industry and State, all 
say, "Abandoned!" and over the door, through 
which you have entered, perhaps deliberately and 
with conscious guilt, perhaps slipping, you hardly 
knew how, find on the other side what you did not 
see on this side— Dante's inscription, "All those 
that enter here leave hope behind." " Abandoned! " 
We leave her to herself. We reach out no hand to 
help her and bring her back. She may go her way; 
we will shut our eyes to her presence. It was the 
mission of Christ to help the fallen. May we do 
likewise! 

—An enthusiastic brother and his wife called on 
us a few days ago. In speaking of their three 
months' travel among brethren and sisters, they re- 
marked that in only one family did they find fami- 
Iv worship. What a lamentable fact this is! We 
have gotten far away from Acts 2: 42, Surely 
those prayers were not all closet prayersl Can our 
fathers who have been neglecting this privilege 
look back with glad hearts, conscious that their 
sons have had the proper example set before them? 
Can mothers look upon the past and rejoice in the 
fact that every effort was made to lead to Christ 
that daughter? What better place than around the 
family altar to plead for the wayward boy, and to 
unite in prayer for the restoration of the lost boy 
or girl? _ What heart, hungering and thirsting daily 
after righteousness, can refrain from personal prayer 
and praise around the family altar, where father, 
mother, brothers and sisters, may unite in worship? 
May God forgive for past neglect, and may he 
awaken us to a fuller sense of our duties and privi- 
leges! If you would know of a father who is said 
to have repented of his careless living, and to have 
yet.led his five boys into the kingdom, send for the 
January copy of The Trumpet Call, an excellent 
Sunday school help, published by W. B, Jacobs, of 



I'ldlE GOSZPTHT-j MESSENGER. 

132 La Salle St. In this number is found an article 
on the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. The 
good, common sense, practical thoughts in this ar- 
ticle will prove a blessing to any one who reads it 
prayerfully, with a desire to live a better Christian 
life. 

—We have just made out the report of donations 
for the past quarter. Doubtless it would be inter- 
esting to many to know how we dispose of the pro- 
visions sent in. As to clothing, we try to supply 
all the needs that come to our notice, invariably 
g ving the recipient an opportunity to do some 
work in return. We have not yet a regular wood- 
pile with axe and saw, but we have the dust, dirt 
and mud that city life is heir to, and even some 
men know how to clean windows and scrub floors. 
Only last Saturday a man cleaned our church win- 
dows, part of the wood work, and scrubbed two 
floors. His work was well done. In the evening 
he carried home a sack of cornmeal, some dried 
apples and beans. A few days ago, Mr. D. trans- 
ferred some donation clothing from our living 
rooms to the cottage, — our mission rooms, — in re- 
turn receiving sausage and apple butter. Mr. D. 
has done this work frequently. He also keeps our 
coal-box at the cottage filled, and cuts kindling, 
each time receiving a basket of provision. Old 
Bro. L. brought a telescope from the depot last 
week, and carried home with him some canned and 



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the cottage once a week for clothing and provision. 
. P. comes eyery Tuesday and Friday morning 
to clean our stairway and kitchen floor. She is al- 
ways paid with a basket of provisions. She fre- 
quently does up our house wash, also. Mrs. M. 
has just "filled up" a comforter for some apple 
butter and syrup. Mrs. D. is piecing some quilt 
squares, for clothes for her children. Her husband 
cleaned a mission-room recently, for a pair of pant- 
aloons. Mr. R. furnished us with one dollar's 
worth of coal and kindling, for clothes for his chil- 
dren. Mrs. P. trimmed some irregular quilt patches 
for a cloak. Mr. L. distributed Dispensary adver- 
tisements, and says he is already well paid. At our 
last two meetings, Thursday afternoon, for mothers, 
each woman was given a small package of dried 
apples, they having helped to knot comforts. We 
are trying to make the most of our resources. 
Does the Lord not have more in store for us? 
660 South Ashland Ave. 



BOOKS. 



Parents have no right to bring up their children 
without the use and knowledge of books. By with- 
holding the proper books they cheat and rob them. 
They can more easily do without the many luxuries 
of the table and of raiment than without books. 
These are the necessary articles of a home, and no 
home is complete without them. 

The love of good books guards against vice; and 
children, who are supplied with good reading, will 
become stronger in mind and more able to guard 
against the excitements of passions, low and vulgar. 

Without books what would we be? A deplorable 
people indeed,— a wandering tribe in a barren des- 
ert. We would know nothing of the people of the 
past; the great victories and defeats, arts and inven- 
tions, discoveries and conquests, would be hidden 
by the veil of time. In books the ancients live with 
Their deeds are before us and seem as if they 
d but a short time ago. 

Books are the making of a people. By carefully 
^serving the actions and appearances of a person 
e can determine the sort of literature to which he 

accustomed. An eminent writer has said, "You 

ay judge a man more truly by the books and pa- 
pers he reads, than by the company he keeps, for 
ociates are, in a manner, imposed upon him, 
but his reading is a result of choice." 

We should, then, choose the kind of literature 
which has a tendency to make us perfect men and 
women. That which we read is reflected in our 
very lives; and how apparent to us this is when we 
notice a person,— a young girl, for instance,— who 



January 30, 189;. 

has become deeply absorbed in a book of fiction! 
How the story is pictured by her thoughts and ac- 
tions! If it be false, silly and vain, there will be a 
tendency for her to be likewise. If it be noble, 
grand and inspiring, she will be of a similar disposi- 

Do not pick up a book and read merely to kill 
time. Throw away those trashy books and papers, 
if you have them, and stock your shelves with those 
which will elevate the mind and raise you to a high- 
er plane. O, how often a life has been wrecked by 
those useless tales of bloody deeds of adventures 
which never occurred, but are the idle fancies of 
some half-fanatic mind! Some children will pick 
up such a book and read until it becomes so fixed 
in their minds that they will imitate the hero of the 
story,— do some evil act and, finally, upon the gal- 
lows, end a life of crime, which would have been 
one of joy and honor, had they been supplied with 
literature of the proper sort. 

A good book is something not to be despised; it 
is one of the best gifts that friendship can bestow, — 
a priceless gem. The more frequent its use, the 
more precious it becomes; and its brightness glit- 
ters in the reader's every motion. Some may have 
a fine collection of books simply for display. Oth- 
ers have books, because good ones are, to them, the 
very " elixir of life." 

In the homes of those who have books and love 
them, we do not see them here and there, covered 
with dust, and with leaves uncut, but signs of care- 
ful usage, and, now and then, "gems of thoughts," 
marked by the careful reader of the precious vol- 

Read, and understand what is read. Carefully 
master every sentence and do not leave it until you 
have done so. Books are many and life is short, so 
we should decide which is best for us to read and 
then read to the best of our ability. Our minds 
should not be a garden of weeds, through which we 
are ashamed to have any one pass, but let it be a gar- 
den of beautiful flowers into which the whole world 
may gaze, gain pleasure and pass on their way re- 
joicing. 

Our noble thoughts are the flowers which will 
multiply with every glowing sentence that is read, 
until we will have gained the respect of all the good 
and the approbation of our Creator on high. 
Jewell, Ohio. 

OEMS OF TRUTH. 



— The most populous country is "Oblivion." 
Many go there; but seldom one ever returns. 

—The largest river is " Time," and the one who 
spends his time in the service of his Master is sure 



of. 



ich 1 



—The deepest ocean is " Death." All cross this 
ocean. Few enter the pearly gates, but many go 
where " there shall be weeping and gnashing of 
teeth." 

— The region where no living thing hath habita- 
tion is called " Yesterday." Few have spent it to 
the glory and honor of God. 

— The most highly important country is " To- 
day." Dear reader, to-day Jesus is knocking at the 
door of your heart. " To-day is the day of salva- 
tion." 

—The highest mountain is called "Success." 
Few reach the top, save those who watch sharply 
for the only true way up the mountain, — opportu- 
nity.-which carries upward all those who follow it. 

— The region where no man hath ever set foot is 
called "To-morrow." The commandment "with 
promise" (Eph. 6: 2), will assure all those who are 
obedient, that through the grace of Him who doeth 
all things well, we shall live long on the earth. 

—The greatest desert is called " Life." It hath 
many oases. Some of these are: Principle, Hones- 
ty, Hope, Love, Faith and Home. These are the 
most beautiful, but besides these there are many 
others,— smaller in extent,— where the traveler may 
obtain refreshment during the weary toils and strug- 
gles through life. 

Covington, Ohio. 



January 30, i897- 



tkce gos;e j .e.i_, :M__fcjss-fcu_isrc3-:Ejfcc. 



7i 



General Missionary Tract Department 



e-Chalrman and Trsuure 



MOTTO FOB THE YEAR. — "Upon the fir 
day of the week let every one of you lay by him . 
t God hath prospered hlnu"—l Cor. Hi: 



Several members in the mission field where Br< 
Ira Eby has been laboring, in Arkansas, have gon 
to their reward. They now rest from their laboi 
and their works do follow them. The mission i 
moving along very well. 



;ld. C. Hope has been doing some effectual 
service among the Scandinavians, as well as Amer- 
icans, in Kansas. In several localities he, with 
Bro. Bingaman, a fellow-companion in the work, 
have secured pledges for the Orphanage in Smyrna. 



Bro. D. L. Forney writes from the Arkansas 
field, where Bro. Jas. R. Gish labored so faithfully, 
that the great need is, more workers in that part of 
the State. He receives more calls for preaching 
than he is able to fill, and would be glad to see 
more ministerial help in the State. 



Sister Lydia Taylor writes that the work in 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is improving, and that she 
hopes they have passed over their worst difficulties 
and discouragements. Besides tract distribution, 
she is busily engaged in clothing the poor, and thus 
getting them to church and Sunday school. 



Bro. Chas. E. Delp, in the Arkansas field, in 
eleven days, traveled, by private conveyance, 204 
miles, preached 12 sermons, held 2 council-meet- 
ings, made 7 pastoral visits, distributed 75 tracts 
and 20 Messengers. This gives a little insight in- 
to frontier activity in this part of the vineyard. 



Sister Mary Harshbarger, the appointed tract 
distributor at Hutchinson, Kans., with her husband, 
is doing good work in that city. Their largest con- 
gregation, during the month of December, was 109; 
two were received by baptism and four by let- 
ter. They speak very encouragingly of the outlook. 



Sister Martha Click, now located at Staunton, 
Va,, has been laboring faithfully to gather together 
a scattered membership and renew them in love for 
the church and its Head, Cottage prayer meetings 
have been started, a goodly number have sub- 
scribed for the Messenger, and the outlook is very 
favorable at that place. 



Bro. Albert Hollinger, of the Washington, 
D. C, mission, has been visiting some of the near 
congregations with a view of interesting them in 
liberal donations to the Washington meetinghouse 
fund. The work in Washington is assuming a very 
encouraging aspect since the purchase of a lot, on 
which to build a house of worship, has been com- 
pleted. 



Bro. C. D. Hylton, who recently, under the di- 
rection of the General Mission Board, located in 
the Florida field, near Hawthorn, reports that on 
Christmas Day he baptized five, between the ages of 
nine and thirteen, and that his first impressions of 
his new field of labor are very good. He is receiv- 
ing a number of calls for preaching from different 
parts of the State. 



It was decided, recently, to enlarge the facilities 
of the Orphanage in Smyrna, and admit thirteen 
more orphans, in addition to the number now 
there, — twelve. This has been done because the 
brethren and sisters have been very much interest- 
ed in this department of missions, and it is believed 
that much good will result therefrom. May the 
church grow in its interest in the work, as it en- 
larges. 



Bko. W. R. Miller, of the Chicago 
writes in his December report as follows: "The 
work for the year 1896 has been done, the record 
has been made, and is now as unalterable as time. 
That mistakes have been made, none will doubt. 
That some good has been done, is apparent. The 
report shows a marked increase in attendance in all 
branches of the mission. With this increase comes 
a new class of boys and girls, from ten to fifteen 
years old, who have had but little training as to be- 
havior in the house of God. But the good influence 
is being felt, and we hope to gather some sheaves 
for the Lord from the number." 



Sister Carrie Anderson Westergren has been 
doing some effective visiting among the poor chil- 
dren in the City of Washington. At their homes, 
as a rule, she is received gladly, and, in many in- 
stances, when they do not have clothes suitable to 
go to Sunday school, she, by her ingenious meth- 
ods, provides them with clothing. Here is a place 
where donations, in the way of clothing for poor 
children, will be thankfully received and do much 
good. The Sunday school is increasing in attend- 
ance. In December sister Carrie visited 323 fam- 
ilies. 



Bro. G. N, Falkenstein, of Germantown, Pa., 
seems to have been so busy with holding meetings, 
looking after the new building in the course of 
erection, and other duties pertaining to his work, 
that his monthly report did not get in before the 
middle of January. We are glad to know that he, 
with other missionaries, has much work, and those, 
who are assisting in the support of the several mis- 
sions, need have no fears about missionaries having 
easy times, We believe that every one has many 
cares, much anxiety, his full share of discourage- 
ments, and sorrows, as well as joys. There is an 
unwritten side to a missionary's life, that, could it 
be written, would make excellent reading for the 
ciitic, the indifferent and the non-supporter of mis- 



— Five fishermen came to our house to ask about 
the Great Teacher we had been telling about. Aft- 
er listening a long time, and when we were about to 
dismiss them, one said, "Come on, I'm getting 
quite hungry." One of the others replied: " Hun- 
gry! Who can get hungry while listening to such 
instruction? My stomach feels quite full. Tell us 
some more about Jesus." 

— We always try to maintain the even tenor of 
our way, — never elated, never discouraged. If, 
when prospects are bright, and good news is afloat, 
we feel elated, and so very confident, we may get 
disappointed. If, when nothing, apparently, is go- 
ing in the direction it ought to go, we become 
downcast, it seems a little like forgetting God, for, 
after all, the work is not ours, but God's; we are 
not our own, but God's. 

— Sometimes the work looks very, very bright, and 
sometimes it doesn't. Last week we went to a vil- 
lage and preached the Truth to the people. They 
bought all the Gospels we had and told us to come 
again, and let them know beforehand when we were 
coming. Then they would erect a big meeting- 
place, with bamboo poles and alt, on Indian style, 
in which 2,000 or 3,000 people could be seated to 
hear our story gf the Savior of the world. Then 
they also requested that we should bring a couple 
thousand Gospels along, too, and come to stay five 
davs. They said we need not bring any provisions 
along, as they would share with us what they have. 
Let us hope a great work may be established among 
these simple people. 

Buhar. India. 



Please explain through the Mrssknger, or otherwise, the 
difference between World-wide Missions and Foreign Mis- 
sions, referred to in Gospel Messenger No. 49— C. J. IV., 
Buckeye City, Ohio. 

Money donated to Foreign Missions will be used 
by the Committee in some field beyond the United 
States. Money donated to World-wide Missions 
will be used in any field under the control of the 
Board, whether in the United States or foreign 
lands. World-wide Missions is the broader term, 
and money placed in this fund will be used im- 
mediately, for there is not likely to be a time when 
the Committee will have more funds than places to 
operate in a World-wide Mission. However, it is 
possible that a special fund may receive donations 
so largely for a time that some of it will lie idle for 
a time. Again, the Bible says nothing of Foreign 
Missions, but does command World-wide Missions. 
Matt. 28: 19, 20. 

ITEMS FROM INDIA. 

by w. b. stover. 

—Some days ago I asked a Hindoo, who has 
learned a great deal about Christ, and who is much 
with us, what he would say if Jesus should come 
suddenly before him and say, " Mention what you 
wish and you shall have it." He replied simply: 
"I wouldn't say anything. It would be enough to 
see Him." 

—We were eating some native food, in a native 
home, which the people had prepared for us in 
their village. They said, " Eat it all." We could 
not. They said, "Eat it. We cannot use it. That 
would be sin to us." So they fed to the dogs what 
we could not eat. To take back any part of food 
given to any one is counted sin. 



TREASURER'S REPORT OF THE BRETHREN'S 
MISSION, CHICAGO, ILL. 



Kllu Ralrlgh, Campbell, Mich., 1 IX 

Earnings or seven children, MoPberson, Kans., Sarah Ulrey 

Pleasant Valley church, Mlddlebury, Ind., per Christian 

Meals given and lodging, I If 

Primary olnsaoH of Sunday school, Rololt, Oblo, per Estolla. 

Mrs. Ella J. Brumbaugh, Huntingdon, Pn., 1ft 

R. L. Howe, Philadelphia, Pa., I ft 

Kans., perGeo.Eldrldge, Hi 

Mrs. Mary Barnhl/ir's L-loss.salem Sunday school, Oregon, 

Ruthloaud Merlle Sadler, per J. W. Sadler, Lime Springs. 
Boys and girls or Elk Lick Sunday school, Pa., per W. A. 

Sisters' Aid Society, Mt. Carroll, 111., per Mary Blougli, ... I'd 
Thoruapplo church, per Peter B. Measuer, Campbell, Mlcb., V 

Total amount on hand,.' *107 *i 

Living mud, US 71 

Incidentals, , . . . > lfl fll 

KU2A1ETB H<HvK, 
Mo S. Aihtand Avtntu, Chitago, III. 



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On page 75 one of our correspondents comments 
on "Angels Entertained" in a way that may seem 
a. little new to a certain part of the traveling 
public, but the article will be appreciated, and we 
trust it will do good. 

Bro. E. S. Youi 
enjoying a most 
Manchesti 
Puterbaugh. 



writes us that they have been 
most excellent Bible Term at North 
Ind„ during the month. Bro. An 



other BibI 
•The Lord 



point 



preaching < 
work during th 
'onderfully ble 

111 1 



nd doing 

He add; 

at thi 



ting was held in the Chap- 
el, at this place, last Saturday. Brethren Henry 
Mumma and Jesse B. Whitmer were elected dea- 
cons, and Bro. Lewis Ikenberry was advanced to 
the second degree of the ministry, Bro. Trout as- 
sted in the work, and delivered the charges in a 
very impressive 



Br 



Mount Morris, III., January 30, i8f>7. 



Wn can fill a few orders 
Debate, cloth binding, pric 



Bro. S. F. Sanger reports an interesting series 
of meetings at Sharp.burg. Md., with five converts. 

Bro. I.J. Rosenbkrger has just closed a series 
of meetings in the Ludlow church, Ohio, with fif- 
teen accessions by com 



ind baptism, 
1 lately blessed 



The Topeco church, Va 
en accessions by baptisn 
he result of a series of meetings held by Bn 



Last Saturday morning our aged Bro, Samuel 
Murray, of Mexico, Ind., had another stroke of 
paralysis, and is reported to be in a very critical 
conditio 

Bro 



eeting at the 
neans of gath- 



and oth- 



. Silas Hoover's 

Spring church, Pa., 

1 number of people into the king 
ty-two were buried with Christ in bapt 

preparing to enter the flock. Bro. Hoover 
writes us that the church here is in a good working 
and prosperous condition. 

Bro 



Sister Marv C. Redman, of N 

has kept a record of the obituai 

in the Messenger during the yea 

deaths were reported, 478 being 1 

males; 350 of these were 20 years and 
:r 80. and 17 were past 
over 95, the older one being neai 

98 years old. This report includes all the dea 

notices save those in No. 23, in which appeared 

obituaries, making a total of 1,047. 



a, Texas, who 
that appeared 
96, says 
s and 550 fe. 
310 



were but thn 



A lady, to whom some one has 
senger, writes: "Some one has 
your valuable paper about three 
tainly enjoy reading it, and de 
donor for it. After we are thr 
papers we hand them to others, 
benefited, as well as ourselves." 
seen that a donated paper may not always stop 
with the one family to which it is addressed, but 
goes out to others, and in that way does more good 



donated the Me 
been sending 
months. We cer- 
sire to thank the 
ough reading the 
so they will 
It will thus 



N, HUFFMA 

writes that the members 



f Tekoa, Washington. 

hungry for preaching 
at that place, and that they have had preaching but 
once for three years. We would that our ministers 
could reach all these isolated points. We trust to 
see the time when our traveling evangelists can 
give all necessary attention to the neglected places. 



Bro. J, 
riterfered 
lome Mi: 



S. Geiser, of Baltimore, seems to have 

somewhat with the arrangements of the 

Fund Committee, by marrying the 

M. I. ^ 



Secretary, sister M. I. Smith. That makes the 
Chairman and Secretary of the Committee one, and 
those wishing to reach the Secretary hereafter, 
should address Mary I. Geiser, 1607 Edmondson 
Ave., Baltimore, Md. 



. Dorse 
his meetings 
with fourteen 
awaiting bapti: 

Bro. Stephen Yon 
South River church, 
continue some days. One acces 
So writes sister Dolly Stemen. 



Hougdbn writes us that he clc 
n the Roann church, Ind , Jan. 
baptized, one reclaimed, and 



has been preaching in the 



reported. 



On page 811, of last 
Neilson, in Bro. Hope's 
have read N. B. Nelson. 



le, the name N. P. 
imunication, should 
Danish minister, 



His talk: 
Holy Sci 



address is Juniata, Nebr. 

L. W. Teeter preached for us several even- 
t week, and returned to his home the 25rrl. 
concerning the authenticity of the 
I, and were much appreciated. 

Sister Elizabeth Annon, wife of Bro. Z. An- 
non, one of our ministers, at Thornton, W. Va., has 
bsen a great sufferer for some time, and now 
craves the earnest prayers of all the faithful in her 
behalf. 

Bro C. P. Rowland is doing a good work on 
he Wisconsin mission field this winter. When 
last heard from, he was in the midst of a series of 
meetings at Durand, with twelve applicants for 
membership. 

On page 43, current volume, Bro. Philip Landis 
m referring to Eld. J. F. Cline moving to the 
North Solomon church, Kans,, intended to men- 
ion also the name of the resident elder, Bro. Lewi- 
l.erew, but, inadvertently, neglected to insert th 
name in his manuscript, 
to rectify his omission by 



Get your District Meeting announcements to 
arly, 



than i 



of the a 
the last i 



: intended, 



Kate Johnson, of Meyersdale, Pa„ 
st careful readers. She has kept a r 
cessions reported in the Messenger for 
ne years, and sends us the followii 
It will be noticed that l?94 wa: 
■uraging year: 



■ 3,770 1893, 



•3.977 
■5,276 
•7.100 



This 



that th, 
prepare for them, 
ranging to hold the 
vance of the usual t 
ies for the Annual I 
ger a few weeks before th 
This is a matter of importanc 
prompt attention. 



hes may have ample time to 

me of the Districts are ar- 

eetings a few weeks in ad- 

, in order to have the quer- 

ear in the Messen- 

Annual Conference. 

and should receive 



The Catholics are still after old relics. With 
hese they satisfy the minds of the ignorant and 
uperstitious. They now claim to have found noth- 



ing le 

by Jet 



1 a part of the lining of 



than 



Ma 



»orn by Jest 
claims. Th 
inything els: 

NY of 1 



u worn 
Bishop of Treves, 

ntified the seamless 
there is nothing in 

uperstition about it 



i will 
Pulle, 



read, 
death of Bro. Win. : 
rington, N. Dak., a few we 
while on our trip to that pi 



very favorable 
bought that he would prove very 
hurch in that part of the State, as h 
f good standing and some talent as a 
lore extended notice of his death v 
due time. 



egret to learn of the 
, who died near Car- 
is ago. We met him, 
:, last fall, and formed 



was then 
eful to the 



minister, 
ill appear : 



ch.,u, 



of that 



Bro. Landi 

ng that Bro. Lerew 
rch about two years 



Too many of 
ministers, thinking that 
what they want to 
vert sinners. We 
churches are not so 
ibility, as they are 



nspi 



hurches are looking for able 
man of fine ability is just 
e the members and con- 
/e are of the impression that 
so much in need of men of fine 
e of truly consecrated preachers, 
men wno are tully consecrated, whatever be their 
ability, are always a power for good, and if we 
would pray the Lord to send us more of this class, 
we might see more of our prayers answered. When 
calling for a preacher do not neglect to ask for 

on. who i» („ll of th. Holy Gho.t »nd »„Jo„, 



item from the Oclographic Review may be 
of more interest to the flesh than the spirit, 
yet it may prove helpful to some who find it diffi- 
cult to warm the church to the satisfaction of all 
in attendance: "We have found one church 
has encased its meeting-house stoves in zinc, : 
not to burn the faces nor roast the backs of those 
'hem. That church meets in 
w many other churches of Christ 
e, and thus avoid having those 
ncomfortably warm that they will 
ft, while in other parts of the h 
Dmfortably cold? Brethren sh 
question, and many others." 



ford, Ind. r 
will do the sa 
the stove so 
shut off the d 



upon 



A more delightful winter, up to one week ago, 
has not been seen in Northern Illinois for years, 
but the pleasant weather came to an end whe 
cold wave from the northwest bore dou 
last Saturday. Sunday morning mercu 
eighteen degrees below zero, and by Monday 1 
ing it registered twenty-eight— the coldest weather 
said to have been seen for years, 
antle of sm 



both see 
ter of 



ith a heavy n 
nd feel that 



reached most of the States, and th 
pecially in the North, is reported ve 
pity the poor, for they are the one 
least prepared for the cold bll 
the most on account of it. 



experiencing 



The 



ild 

: sufferin, 
very great, 
ies who are 
and must s 



who 



some person 
some of the churchi 
how the members at his plac 
get the Messenger for one do! 
urge others to do the same, t 
that we hi 
ty or part 



been traveling 



in for: 



uil- 



i tellii 



lub togethe 

a year, and even 

io the same. Now, we want to say 

) such an arrangement with any par- 

Possibly some one may have sent us 



money, saying the paper is being donated to those 
whose names are sent, and in that way got the pa- 
per for one dollar. But that would be dishonest. 
We agree to let those wishing to donate the paper 
to some friend or poor person, have it for one dol- 
lar, not thinking that any one would be so unkind 
as to take the advantage of such an offer, and thus 
deceive us. We want our patrons to rest assured 
that we are impartial in our dealings with them, 
and that if there are those who have clubbed to- 
gether and received the Messenger for less than 
the usual price, it is because things have been mis- 
represented to us, or an advantage has been taken 
in some way. 



January 30, .1897. 



THE GOSPEL DMHESSEItTa-JSIR,. 



Brethren S. E. Yundt and E. P. Trostle, of thi: 
congregation, closed a series of meetings at West 
field, twenty-four miles northeast of Mount Morris, 
last week, with three baptized. They report a good 
interest in that 



ARE FOREIGN MISSIONS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE? 

This is the weighty question Dr. A. T. Pierson 
discusses in a late issue of The Missionary Review 
of the Wr-rld, of which he has been editor for ten 
years, and has had thirty years of experience along 
the missionary line, besides being the author of a 
number of books and pamphlets. No man is bet- 
ter prepared to handle the question, and he has 
reached some startling conclusions. He introduces 
the subject thus: 

"Without claiming any undue capacity for ob- 
servation, sagacity in discernment, or accuracy 
in judgment and induction, the cairn conclusion, 
reached after thirty years of study of this theme 
and of active participation in the actual machinery 
of missionary enterprise, is, that at no time during 
the half-century now closing have missions to the 
heathen been at greater peril of utter collapse/ Wide 
doors are open, immense fields invite, some soi 
calls for the sower, while harvests demand th> 
reaper; we never knew so well how much territory 
there is to be possessed, and how deep is the need 
of mankind; never had the church such opportuni- 
ties and facilities, never such large numbers and 
wealth at her disposal; and yet, with doors open 
wider than ever, and candidates offering in unpre- 
cedented numbers, the giving of the people of God 
is so utterly inadequate and disgracefully dispro- 
portionate, that where every divine sign of the 
times is a call for rapid advance and expansion, our 
drums beat a retreat, and our boards loudly call for 
retrenchment! " 

In the following paragraph he attributes the dan- 
ger to a laxity of doctrine, along with other things, 
and it is along this line that our people need to do 
some serious thinking, as it relates to our Home 
Missions, as well as the work on foreign fields. 
But the laxity in doctrine is no less serious than 
the laxity in practice. But we quote his own lan- 
guage: 

"And,— what is, to our view, most fraught with 
risk,— there is a growing apathy about the whole 
question of world's evangelization, which seems to 
argue a decay at the very root of missionary en 
terprise. The causes of this we cannot for our- 
selves either doubt or deny. On one hand there 
is a laxity of doctrine, which, at least, leads disciples 
to indulge a vague 'eternal hope,' like Dean Far- 
rar, that the heathen are not really lost without 
Christ: and, on the other hand, there is a lax ty in 
practice, which leads to a practical recognition of 
all religions as belonging to a universal brother- 
hood of faiths, and to the fellowship of their rep- 
resentatives as entitled to our 'Christian charity,' 
forgetful of the famous proverb, quoted by Dr. 
John Ryland to Robert Hall, that 'charity is an 
angel while she rejoiceth in the truth, but a harlot 
when she rejoiceth in iniquity,' embracing those 
whom she should rather pity and weep over." 

The doctor in the following will be better under- 
stood when it is borne in mind that some of the 
best missionary societies are so greatly in debt as 
to endanger them, while the churches are falling 
behind in their contributions. Extravagance and 
luxury prevail on every hand, but missions must 
go begging: 

"Look at the church pervaded by sectarianism, 
sacramentalism, ritualism, and Romanism, and even 
more fatal secularism. Behold the awful lack of 
Gospel preaching, the reckless extravagance that 
reigns, and practical denial of stewardship, the low 
level of piety, the prevalence of prayerlessness, 
and the encroachment of virtual infidelity. See 
turch confronting the world with its more 
million unconverted 30uls, scattered 
n avarice I Uerl territory, with its unoe ; 



71 



than thous. 



cupied and neglected fields, continental in breadth; 
yet unable to grapple with the awful problems of 
society, conscious of a widening gap or gulf be- 
tween itself and the world, yet unable to bridge 
the gulf, while the intemperance, licentiousness 
and anarchy of society takes on a more and more 
revolutionary aspect. Then turn to the history and 
progress of missions, the triumphs and successes 
of the past century, the encouragements of God's 
promise and prophecy, the providential access to 
all nations, and the heroic examples of faith and 
consecration that are our encitements to holy ef- 
fort,— as well as the large body of converts and the 
larger communities of adherents which are the visi- 
ble planting of the Lord,— and then let any one 
tell us why missions stand at such a halting-place 
on the way, unless it be because vital godliness has 
been suffered to decay." 

Dr. Pierson has probably told only half of the 
truth. We suggest that the fruits of what is known 
as higher criticism is doing more than any other 
one thing to destroy the interest in missions. 
When it is believed that the Sacred Book is made 
up of human fragments, picked up here and there, 
and that the early records are merely legendary, 
and that Moses figures but little in the Pentateuch, 
and that many of the incidents in which the hand of 
God seems to have been displayed, are pronounced 
only fables, we cannot expect otherwise than that 
there should be a falling away in the mission work 
and interest. 

Then to this must be added the efforts of not a 
few to place the religions of the world almost on a 
par with Christianity, claiming that while the di- 
vine may be seen in all of them, the Christian re- 
ligion is just a little in the advance. The world's 
religious parliament was exceedingly damaging 
along this line, and made inroads into the faith of 
not a few that will require a generation or more to 
remove. If we want to convert the heathen, we 
must not fellowship him in his religion, nor honor 
his gods nor his altars. Solomon tried this, and 
laid the foundation for dividing his kingdom. 

We are further of the impression that secret so- 
cieties are sapping so much of the very life out of 
the churches, that there is not enough left to give 
to the mission cause the ringing tone required to 
make the work a success. It is amazing how much 
of the Christian's time, money, talent and influence 
are given over to the interest of secret orders. The 
very life of the churches is threatened, and, of 
course, the missions must fail with the churches. 
This is going to prove the downfall of not a few 
churches and missions, if the needed remedies are 
not soon applied. 

But to all this we add, what is a startling fact, 
that remains for a bold pen to write up, and it 
ought to be brought out, but those who possess the 
facts seem not inclined to undertake it, We refer 
to the style in which some of the missionaries are 
living in the foreign fields, as compared with their 
converts. Some of them live in fine, well furnished 
houses, well supplied with every convenience, hav- 
ing fine horses, carriages and many servants at 
command, so that they are looked upon as being 
in every way far above the best of their converts. 
Especially is this reported to be true of some of 
the leading bishops and superintendents of mis- 
sions. The objection to this way of living is, that 
it requires too much money, and sets a wrong ex- 
iple before the heathen. 

This, however, is not intended to reflect upon 
ousands of earnest missionaries, who live cheaply 
d work hard that they may make Christ known 
to those who are yet in heathen darkness, Espe- 
cially is it not true of any of the workers of the 
Brethren church in foreign fields, and we feel con- 
6dent that it will never be. All of our workers are 
living economically, and it is astonishing how lit- 
tle it takes to do some of them. It is along this 
line that we want *« build up Qur mi»si«n», and 



train < 
trench 
gressive, for 
force of the 



the 



other churches re- 

their work we must become more ag- 

e ought to be the leading missionary 

We have the doctrine, are not 



troubled with higher criticism, secret societies or 
high living, and surely we ought to be able to push 
the mission work both at home and abroad. 



WE NEED MORE CONVERSIONS. 



SOM 



of the fast churches 'are now seeing the 
folly of turning their evening services into lectures, 
shows, concerts or rallies. These entertainments 
drew the people for a time, but they cease to draw. 
The effect they had upon the masses who attended 
the churches, was to whet their appetites for some- 
thing still more stimulating. And this they are 
finding in the world, for when it comes to enter- 
taining the light-minded and unconverted, Satan 
rivals the churches. 

Instead of training the young for Christ, the ex- 
citing evening entertainments have been training 
them for Satan. That is why so few conversions 
are reported in a number of the fashionable church- 
es. Dr. James L. Hill, in a recent issue of the In- 
dependent reports 1,400 Congregational, and 1750 
Presbyterian churches, in which there was not one 
accession during the year 1895. While this may 
not apply to us directly, still it has its effect. 
What is true of these large religious bodies, may, 
in a measure, be equally true of others. There are 
too many churches where there are no conversions. 
There may be various reasons for such a state of 

There may not be the zeal in the churches there 
should be. The meetings may not be impressive, 
and then the preaching may lack inspiration. The 
members may not be living on that high, spiritual 
plane designed by the Master. The elders and 
preachers may not be doing the visiting among the 
members and their families as they should. And, 
furthermore, neither the preachers nor the mem- 
bers may be praying for the conversion of the sin- 
ners. There may be other causes, not named here, 
but certainly there is some cause, 

We suggest, that, in too many places, the main 
object of the meetings seems to be to merely keep 
up the appointments. People go to meeting just 
because it is a habit with them. The habit is 2 
good one, but there should be zeal, faith and inspi- 
ration about these services, and that can not be had 
without special preparation. In far too many in- 
stances we wait for revivals, in order to convert 
people. Revivals are good things when properly 
utilized, but there is much earnest and well-directed 
work to be done between the revival seasons. The 
members need to be fed, and sinners constantly 
warned; and, in order that these things may be 
done to the best possible advantage, it is needful 
that the ministers, as well as the laity, strive to 
make their public services highly spiritual and im- 
pressive, as well as instructive and edifying. Were 
more of this done we would have stronger churches 
and more genuine conversions. We like these 
every-week conversions. We like to see the con- 
gregation going to the water often, to welcome new- 
born creatures into the family of God. It reminds 
us of the hand-plucked fruit. It is of the very 
best, and is to be encouraged. Such results, how- 
ever, require more effort upon the part of the home 
ministers. We believe that, as a rule, our home 
preachers should make more personal efforts. 
They need to mingle more with the people, and 
that, too, in a way that will impress them favorably. 
We must carry the Gospel into the homes of those 
who are out of the church, and especially into the 
homes of the members who have unconverted chil- 
dren. By doing much of this kind of work we may 
look for more conversions, and less demand for ex- 
citine pnter';»inW*f»«. j, h. M. 



TRIBUTE TO A O.OOD LIFE. 

There are things that we would rather feel than 
speak,— rather read than write. A life that has 
been uniformly upright and sweetened in all its re- 
lations, gives a picture that is beautiful to look at, 
but difficult to describe in a pen-painting. This is 
especially true, when the relation is that of father 
and son. We give this tribute at this late date, for 
reasons not necessary here to relate, more than 
that, by misunderstanding, and one waiting on an- 
other, an obituary of his never appeared in the 
Messenger, and, because of it, a number of inqui- 
ries have been made about it. To answer these in- 
quiries, and to perform a love-duty to one of the 
best of fathers, the following is given: 

John Brumbaugh, the subject of this sketch, was 
born February i8, 1809. His father was Eld. Geo. 
Brumbaugh, one of the pioneer Brethren preachers 
of Woodcock Valley, then Bedford Co., Pa. He 
was the third son of the family. The oldest, Isaac, 
followed his father in the ministry, and became 
the first elder of the James Creek church. To this 
church he gave his life ministry, and in its elder- 
ship he died some twenty-four years ago. 

Jacob, the second son, lived and died at the old 
homestead, at the advanced age of eighty-four 
years. He was a life-long member of the Brethren 
church and lived an exemplary Christian life. 

In the year 1830, John, the youngest of the fami- 
ly (there being no sisters), was united in marriage 
to Catharine Boyer, to whom were born six chil- 
dren,— all son?,— Benjamin, Daniel, George, Hen- 
ry, Isaac and John, all of whom are still living 
All are members of the Brethren church. Three 
were called to the ministry,— George, elder of the 
James Creek church, the writer, and John, both of 
Huntingdon, 

Soon after their marriage they moved some six 
miles east of the homestead, on the shore of the 
Raystown branch, where all his children were 
born, — where he lived, labored and spent ihe great- 
er part of his life. In this home, for years, was the 
church for that part of the country, and here was 
always found an open door, not only for members 
of the church, but for everybody. To them it was 
a real pleasure to entertain all who came within 
their doors, and how many angels were there en- 
tertained unawares, will only be known at the judg- 
ment. They always said with great satisfaction: 
"No one was ever turned away from our doors 
hungry or unfed." Notwithstanding this liberality, 
they prospered and were classed among the well- 
to-do farmers of the community. In their man- 
ner of life they were industrious, simple and fru- 
gal. The home was always a pleasant place to be, 
and, to the children, there was no place like home. 
Further, it was a Christian home,— a place where 
religious song and prayers were voiced from con- 
secrated lips and devoted hearts. Ours was a fa- 
ther in the best sense of the word— one who exer- 
cised a daily care over the moral and religious 
growth of his children. Profanity, vulgarity, or 
unchastity of any kind, never was countenanced in 
this home. As a result, the children never showed 
an inclination in these directions. Though not 
educated bevond the very ordinary advantages of 
his day. yet he had a well-disciplined mind and 
was a close thinker. Mathematically, he was a 
irking out the most ab- 



i'iiiE] gospel is^sssEnsrca-E^?,. 



not achieve greatness in educational lii 
fault of the father. 



January 30, 1897. 



were sent around 
s of the subscriptio 
ithout slat 



those 
ichool- 



n, and 



peer among his fellow? 

struse problems that 

days to puzzle the braii 

master This he did without slate, pencil 

He did it by a mental process of h 

ways got the answer. 

He was also greatly interested in the educa- 
tion of his children, and during their schooldays, at 
home, would sit up with them, at times, till the 
midnight hour, that he might encourage and help 
them along in their studies, That the sons did 



As £ 



, he 



:d and respected by all 
who knew him; strictly honest and honorable in 
his dealings, he had the confidence of everybody, 
In all the notes he gave, in a life of business trans- 
actions, he was never asked to give bail or securi- 
ty, outside of his own name, and he never sued 
at law, or was sued. Although he acted the part 
of a publican for his own township, for several 
years, he succeeded in collecting the full amount 
of his duplicates without resorting to law. This 
was considered a feat in those days, as taxes were 
very hard to collect, and the general supposition 
was, that for once he would be compelled to break 
his record in reference to the using of the law, in 
making collections. But there always was power 
in a man being conscientiously honest, and there 
is yet. At least such has been the lesson learned 
by his children. 

His connection with the church dates from soon 
after his marriage. After espousing the cause of 
religion, he was active and devoted, making it a 
rule never to miss a church service when it was 
possible to be there. In the year 1842 he was 
called to the ministry and meekly accepted the 
office, but, because of a natural diffidence in pub- 
lic speaking, which he was never able to overcome, 
he did not become an active worker in the public 
ministry, and yet, what he did, and the beautiful 
life he lived, made him quite a power for good. 
He always took his place, assisted in opening and 
closing the meetings by reading the hymns, lead- 
ing in prayer and giving short exhortations. His 
earnestness and simplicity of manners did more 
for him than his speaking. 

In this phase of the ministry he continued to 
labor, growing in zeal for the cause as he advanced 
in age, and, after laying aside the active business 
cares of life, which he did at the age of sixty, he 
turned his whole life to the church and its work. 
As a counsellor in church work he was always 
safe, and his advice was seldom disregarded. Even 
after he had reached the advanced age of four 
score years, he was as punctual in attending all 
church meetings as if everything depended on his 
being present. At the appointed hour his seat 
was never found vacant, and it was a sweet bene- 
diction, to the one who preached, to receive his 
hearty assent and earnest attention. In all his life 
he did not miss one love feast in his home church, 
having attended the last one just nine days before 
his decease. That he might be fully prepared for 
this one, he commenced the day before to get 
everything in readiness, so anxious was he to at- 
tend this, his last love feast here on earth. 

Physically and mentally, he retained his strength 
until almost the time of his departure. During the 
or moie, of his life, he was especially 
contented, devoted and loving. Every- 
thing for him seemed to be just right. Whether at 
his adopted home with David, the second son, or 
n the homes of any of kit other children, he was 
rontented and happy, and his only care seemed to 
be that he made nobody any trouble. On being 
et and asked how he was, his every reply was: "O 
am well, quite well." He was as tender-hearted 
; a child, and his last days were spent lovingly in 
aiting for the call of the Master, that he might 
oss over and meet the redeemed who had gone 
before. 

On Monday, May 25, 1896, he sweetly passed 
away at the advanced age of eighty-seven years, 
hree months and seven days. A father, indeed, 
vas he, and blessed would be the children of the 
world were they more like him. h. b. b. 

Tiere arc people in the world who always look 
at themselves through magnifying glasses, and re- 
verse the ends when they look at their neighbors," 



last de 



►HOME ♦ AND + FAMILY* 

TRIUMPH IN SURRENDER. 

Night,— and my wrestling soul 
Fought blindly through the gloom 

Stubborn and strong 

It struggled long, 
For it feared to fail were doom. 
Night, — and the shrouding dark 
Hid my opponent's face. 

I felt his strength, 

And feared at length, 
He would touch my weakest pla> 
Night,— and my wrestling soul, 

He touched my thigh, — 
A trembling cry, 
And my poor proud soul gave in. 



... the 



ing breaks. 
I lift my fearful eyes; 

No face of woe 

Doth daylight show, 
But friend, to my glad surprise. 
Now, with a broken thigh, 
I cling with all my strength; 

And, weak and low, 

I let not go 
Till blessing co 
Here my defea 






And with God and men pn 



-S. John Duncan Clark. 



HOW SHE WORKED. 



A lady, who resolved to do more work for the 
Lord, and decided that increasing the attendance 
at the prayer meeting should be her mission, tells, 
in the Northwestern Christian Advocate, this story: 

"There was Mrs. Markharn, just across the street, 
a hard-working widow; she certainly needs the 
prayer meeting, and as she used to attend occa- 
sionally, I would commence with her. So, after I 
had finished my morning's work, I ran over. She 
was in the midst of a large baking, and when I 
broached the subject, began a tirade against the 
church, declaring that it had no interest in poor 
people like her. I thought to myself, 'Well, I can 
remove that difficulty hereafter by showing her 
more personal attention.' Then she made the ex- 
cuse that her chores at the barn required her time, 
until it was too late to go. I suggested that she 
might milk her cow a little earlier, and that I 
would send Jimmie over after the milk. Well, she 
did not appear at prayer meeting the first week, 
but the next ske came, and I contrived to have 



several give her so wai 
las come quite regularly e 
vas brother and sister Lam 
ieen out for a long time, 
leave the baby, and that he 
ler. But I happened in on. 
t home and persuaded him 
>f the baby every other 
She came, and soon after 
and now they are taking 



greeting, that she 



The 



the 



:, neither of whom had 
She said she couldn't 
would not go without 
: evening when he was 
to agree to take care 
prayer meeting night, 
he became interested, 
_ turns. Then there was 
Gardioer, who said he must stay in the store, 
although he has a good clerk and trade is never 
heavy in the evening. His wife could not go with- 
out him. But I persuaded him that he owed some 
>f his time to the church. Now they are both at- 
tending quite regularly and count it a great privi- 
"ege. And so I kept going from house to house, 
md sometimes it took several visits, but I would 
not give it up. I never thought there would be so 
any excuses to meet, but I found they were near- 
ly all resolvable into one,— the lack of a proper re- 
devotion. My work was a success. In less 
than three months the prayer meeting was doubled, 
after a spontaneous revival broke out. 
ilike any meeting we ever had before. 
Usually, it had been the last resort to save the 
church; now it was the result of an earnest yearn- 
ing for souls which could not be restrained. My 
own heart was kindled as never before, and my ex- 
perience ever since has been a hundredfold better. 
There were over a hundred conversions, and, best 



January 30, 18 



THE GOSPEL IMTIESSIEItSra-IEIK,. 



75 



of all, my own husband, for whom I had prayed for 
years,' was brought into the light. I shall never 
cease'to praise the Lord for opening my eyes to 
the necessity and privilege of a definite consecra- 



INV1TING CHRIST INTO THE KITCHEN. 

is noticeable that when ripe-minded, eminent 
men become Christians they show a simplicity and 
2rity perfectly childlike; and there is no fear- 
lessness like that of a child in matters of the heart, 
An eminent legal gentleman, who had been skep- 
al until middle life, was so impressed by a ser- 
>n preached in his hearing, that he was led ear- 
nestly to examine the truths of religion, and, final- 
ly, to embrace them. Strong in his new life, and 
happy with the sense of pardoned sin, as soon as 
he reached home on the evening of his conversion, 
he surprised his wife by saying, " I have found 
Christ, and I must set up my family altar. Let us 
go into the drawing-room and pray together! " 

His wife was a Christian woman, and might have 
been expected to assent at once; but it happened 
that the drawing-room was occupied, and, the 
guests not being Christians, she felt that their 
presence might interfere with devotion. "There 
are four lawyers in there, husband," she said. 
'Hadn't we better go and have prayers in the 
kitchen?' 1 

"Wife," said he, " this is the first time I ever in- 
vited Jesus Christ to my house, and I am not go- 
to invite him into the kitchen." 
e went directly to the drawing-room, greeted 
the lawyers, and said to them, " My friends, I have 
been convinced of the truth of Christianity. I 
: found out that Jesus Christ died on the cross 
ne. I have given myself to him, and now I am 
going to invite him to my house. While I offer my 
irst family prayer, you can remain if you will. I 
eave it to your choice." 

The lawyers all declared they would be glad to 
emain, and they did so, while their host conducted 
lis devotions. Noble was the example he set 
them, there and then, and his act contains a lesson 
fjr every one. Whoever, or whatever you have 
ith you, give Christ the best room. 
The man of whom this story is told, was Judge 
McLean, of Ohio, afterward Chief Justice of the 
Supreme Court of the United States. — Selected, 



LOVE STRONQER THAN DEATH. 



Tha 



phys 
who was 



l touching story told by Mr. Disraeli 
ten announcing the death of the Princess Alice 
Parliament. She had been cautioned by the 
1 not to inhale the breath of her little boy 
ill with diphtheria. The little fellow was 
n his bed in the delirium of fever. The 
stood by the side of her child and laid her 
his brow and began to caress him. The 
touch cooled the fevered brain and brought the 
wandering soul back from its wild delirium to nes- 
tle for a moment in the lap of a mother's love. 
1 throwing fcTis arms around her neck he whis- 
pered, "Mamma, kiss me." The instinct of a 
: stronger than science, and she 
her lips to those of her child. And yet 
t a woman in all the wide world but 
would say she would not have had a mother's heart 
: had not kissed her bairn. And so it will be 
to the end of time. The mother will kiss her child, 
e her husband, and the lover his sweet- 
heart, though death in a thousand forms lie con- 
cealed beneath the vermillion coloring of the pout- 
>ng lip S , 

RULES FOR A QUIET HOUSEHOLD. 

We were struck lately by the orderly behavior of 
Jarge family of children, particularly at the table, 
e spoke of it to their father, and he pointed to a 
,a Per pinned to the wall, on which were written 
some excellent rules, 
benefit of our readers, 

Shut every door after you, and without slam- 
ming ,t, 



begged a copy for the 



1 practice of shouting, jumping, 



2. Don't mak 
or running in the 

3. Never call to persons upstairs or in the next 
room; if you wish to speak to them go quietly to 
where they are. 

4. Always speak kindly and politely to every- 
body, if you would have them do the same to you. 

5. When^told to do or not to do a thing, by 
either parent, never ask why you should, or should 
not, do it. 

6. Tell of your own faults and misdoings, not of 
those of your brothers and sisters. 

7. Carefully clean the mud or 
boots before entering the house. 

8. Be prompt at every meal hour 

9. Never sit down at the table or 
room with dirty hands or tumbled h; 

10. Never interrupt any conversation, but wait 
patiently your turn to speak. 

11. Never reserve your good manners for com- 
pany, but be equally polite at home and abroad. 

12. Let your first, last, and best confidante be 
your mother. Have no secrets from her, 



off youi 






These days we hear of holiness preachers and 
holiness meetings. The fact is, every preacher of 
the Gospel is a holiness preacher; the Gospel is 
the Gospel of holiness. Every Gospel meeting is 
a holiness meeting. Holiness is wholeness; it em- 
braces the whole of experimental and practical re- 
ligion. Holiness embraces the whole of experi- 
ence and practice from conviction and repentance 
up to perfect love and constant joy. Holiness is 
not a branch of Christianity,— it is the whole of it 
It is not the goal at which Christians should aim; 
but the atmosphere in which they should live. It 
is not a supplement to regeneration, but it begins 
in it. By Christians it is to be kept rather than 
sought, to be practiced rather than professed. 
Without holiness no man shall see the Lord, and 
yet every child of God, however humble and im- 
perfect, shall see the Lord. 



-^•~* CORRESPONDENCE *~+~ 






lotea of Travel shouk 
ire not solicited for ' 



Angels Entertained. 

[To some this article may seem a little pointed, but it is none 
too much so to meet the approval of not a few in new coun- 
tries who have been imposed upon. The article was exam- 
ined by others before it came to us, and we are urged to make 
room for it soon. There is a demand for it in many of the 
newly-settled localities. Read it, take the hint, and strive 
not to burden the poor. — £d.] 

Some months ago sister Underhill gave several 
articles on entertaining strangers, which, in the 
main, were good. There are, however, generally, 
two sides to a question. I will give a few points 
that can be enlarged on. 

It is certainly very discouraging to be always 
looking for a good thing without ever finding it. 
Some good people, in certain localities, whose doors 
have been open, lo, these many years, in hope of 
catching an angel, must see their expectations end 
in running a free boarding-house. Of course, the 
entertained angel may think his hostess greatly 
honored by his presence, and, if it were an angel 
from heaven, with a divine message, the people 
would be greatly honored, but angels are so scarce 
now-a-days, that hardly one, in a long life-time, 
graces your domicile with a token of appreciation 
for your hospitality, on his departure. 

Anciently, angels that were entertained always 
left the worth of their accommodations on their 
departure. If not in gold coin of the realm, as 
every legal obligation requires, it was something 
better,— it was peace,—" Peace be unto this house." 
Well, does not every guest leave peace? Let us 



Here is a man, toiling day by day to provide food 
and raiment for his family. His children are call- 
ing for clothing. The expense sheet leaves but 
fifteen cents per day to clothe the family. Father 
says: " We will husband this until we can get the 
shoes, hat, or coat, so badly needed." The amount 
is anxiously watched. The growth, though slow, 
is patiently waited for, but a traveler comes along, 
with a friendly smile. He signifies his desire to be 
entertained, possibly has a companion, and. as they 
have no particular business on hand, are not in a 
hurry; so linger a day or two. The kind hostess, 
having failed, up to date, to recognize an angel, 
thinks that this is one, perhaps. Of course, she 
must resort to the laid-by treasure to meet the de- 
mand for the entertainment. After the social 
greetings and visits, inquiry is instituted where 
other angel visits might be made. Then they take 
their departure with a "Thank you;— we may be 
around in a few weeks or months again, but, if not, 
you visit us, and we will return the compliment." 

Now let us look up the royal crumbs the dear an- 
gels left behind! 

A bedroom is to be swept and dusted. The bed- 
room furniture must be disgorged of its con- 
tents, and a bed-suit must go to the laundry. The 
hoarded treasure is exhausted, — this in addition 
to the cares of the already over-worked hostess. 
The children are deprived of their expected needs 
and are complaining and chiding because they 
must suffer another long month for want of the 
needed comforts. Ere that time is up, however, 
another angel is rapping on the door. The wife 
discouraged and the husband disheartened, are al- 
most made to lament the day of angelic story. 
During all this time, peace, sweet peace should sit 
enthroned on the brow of that dear wife and hus- 
band, who are struggling to keep the wolf from the 
door, but it don't. Peace has flown. But why all 
this? All because of the sin of covetousness, — a 
sin which prompts some to keep all they can get 
and pay out as little as possible. 

Some of these supposed angels own fine farms, 
have ready cash at their command which they hold 
in reserve for their dear children. Though it is 
honestly obtained it is thus dishonestly retained. 
It costs every man, woman and child something to 
live, whether at home or abroad, and if it does not 



fron 



some one else, and very likely from the one who is 
least able to bear it. 

Every one, except a tramp, who has neither 
house, home, friends nor country, who travels for 
health, profit or pleasure, should do like a broth- 
er said, when preaching on Abraham's journey: 
"Though God called him to leave his country and 
kindred and go to a good land, he took his living 
along, and did not intend to depend on the inhabi- 
tants of the country, or the Lord. That means, 
' Pay as you go.' It is just as unchristian-like to 
get your living without an equivalent, as it is to 
gain property without a just return." 

When travelers put up at hotels they know it 
means a bill for all it is worth. Why not pay one- 
half to your oppressed brother, and thus share a 
part of his burden, while you .share his hospitality 
and genial society? 

One of the best cures for this kind of angels (?) 
is to hang out a sign "Boarding and Lodging at 
Reasonable Rates," and they will steer clear of that 
home. 

All Christians and good people desire angels to 
visit them, who bring messages of love and good 
cheer, and feel wounded if they learn of such, who 
lodge where God and his Christ are not known, and 
where they cannot leave the benediction of their 
peace. It is but right that such should seek the 
hospitable homes of the children of God, but they 
should also seek to retain the blessing and good- 
will of their hostess. Good wishes and empty sym- 
pathy are but a hollow mockery. 

Every dollar wrenched from the hard wage- 
earner, in order to save a dollar of your own, is ill- 
gotten gain, and will have to be accounted for at 
the bar of God, 



7 6 



The great divine principle is to do justly, love 
mercy, and to do to others as you would have them 
do to you. Remember that ten dollars worth of 
products from your farm, spent in feeding stran- 
gers, is not more than equivalent to one dollar of 
that man whose income is only his daily labor, and 
who does not know what day his job may end. 
What then? Ah, the ten thousand characteristics 
which the " almighty dollar" will assume when it 
confronts us in the day of judgment! The curses, 
because of the love for it, will make music for dev- 
ils through eternity. " Bear ye one another's bur- 
dens." Again, bear your own burdens. May a 
knowledge of these things be seasoned with wis- 
dom/ L. C. Hasfeldt. 

Los Angeles, Cal., Jan. 14. 



These Open Doors. 



For some time our pen, respecting things here 
at Hutchison, has been silent. We have been 
wholly absorbed in the work nearest our door. 
Some have cried' out, " Men and brethren, what 
shall we do?" We have baptized them. Others 
come to us partly naked, and the sisters have 
clothed them. Some are hungry, some need vis- 
iting and comforting. Hearts are broken, sin 
has made its inroads and a thousand pangs strike 
through the heart as so many deadly stings from 
the enemy of souls. Oh that the unconcerned 
might feel and see the misery and woe at their 
very doors, for which God will surely hold them 
accountable in the day of judgment! Matt. 25. 

I have been exceedingly stirred up by the edito- 
rial in No. I. Oh that each brother and sister 
might read and meditate on those things, brought 
so forcibly to our minds! They imply much for or 
against us, as the new year rolls on. 

The new volume of 1897 is before us. There is 
one for each of us,— one leaf for each day of the 
new year. God furnishes these leaves to us, wheth- 
er minister, deacon, lay-member or sinner. Shall 
we have these leaves bear a similar record for 1897, 
as they did in the year just passed? 

Lay-member, — brother or sister, — do you know 
that you were needed to work for God during the 
last year, and went not to the work? Remember 
the two sons! You and I were the ones who said, 
"We will go." How about that preacher who 
wanted some one to furnish him a horse or buggy, 
and some one to go with him to preach the Gos- 
pel? Why did you not go? How about that Sun- 
day school over there, where the preacher could 
not sing, and almost wept because it was true that 
his wife had all the singing to do? What about 
that place, where a congregation of a hundred or 
two had gathered and you had nothing to do? 
What about that mission of yours, where teachers 
are few ant! scholars are many, and yet you neither 
taught nor gave them a penny? 

Personal Piety— We have heard about a conse- 
crated ministry, but what about a consecrated 
laity? Each member should be taught to conse- 
crate himself to the Lord's work, as much so as the 

I fear we have too many trying to merit heaven 
from a personal standpoint. The train pulls up to 
the depot. The agent says, " You better get on. 
This train leaves at once." A young man (I dare 
not call him a gentleman) presses through the 
crowd, pushes down a poor, old crippled woman, 
mounts the steps, enters the car, and seats himself 
com'ortably. Looking out he sees two gentlemen 
assisting this poor woman to the coach. 

This may illustrate the attempt of some to enter 
or obtain heaven, without being prompted by the 
Spirit of Christ. Our blessed Savior lived not only 
for o-hers but died for them. 

It is not simply paying a little toward a church- 
house.-the running expenses,— not simply being 
loyal to church order, etc., that merits heaven, but 
soul and body must be consecrated to God's holy 
cause. 

Energetic Brethren on State Mission Boards. 
—Of all the men entrusted with God's work, those 
are most responsible who have the power delegated 



From Los Angeles, Cal. 



suited in the 

:, to further 

for carry- 

xi meeting. 



On Sunday, Ja 
report, which, in 
ber, designated if 



On the evening of Dec. 31, 1896, the members of 
the Los Angeles church met for the purpose of 
electing new officers for the Sunday school, and to 
discuss the question of starting missions through- 
out the city, — away from the immediate vicinity of 
the church. 

The. work pertaining to the Sunday school was 
disposed of in a very pleasant manner, and satis- 
factory to all concerned. Then the mission ques- 
tion was taken up and discussed, 
appointment of a committee of three 
look up the matter, to formulate a pla 
ing on the work, and to report at the n 
they may see fit. 
10, the Committee submitted its 
fleet, is as follows: " Each mem- 
the report, is to take charge of 
the work in the district assigned to that member, to 
act as its leader, to enlist other members as help- 
ers, to do such mission work-as he, in his judgment, 
thinks proper, and to give a report of the work 
done, at our regular quarterly meetings." 

The field for this kind of work, in this city, is 
large, and the work, as outlined by the Committee, 
covers a considerable portion of it. What can be 
done in this line, here, is yet to be seen, but, by the 
help of God, and the united efforts of the church, 
much good may be accomplished. 

L. C. Hosfeldt. 
Jan. 16. 

From Panora, Iowa. 

After laboring about ten days among the mem- 
bers of the Laurens church, Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 
I am impressed with the thought and duty of try- 
ng to bring this " open field " more conspicuously 
before our great Brc therhood. 

Northwestern Iowa has quite a number of isolat- 
ed churches, and many of them rather weak, nu- 
.lly and financially, as well as in number of 
officials. This is a goodly land, with many natural 
dvantages. Much improving and developing 
needs to be done yet. Land is cheap, but the sup- 
ply of ministers is inadequate to the labor devolv- 
ing upon them. 



THE GOSPEL 2d:HSSE13SrC3-EK,. 

to them, to push the work. Why not have the most 
energetic? But if they will only push as the church- 
es push, they must be rated beneath the power 
which God, through the church, has delegated to 
them, and the church must evidently be censured 
for not using the wisdom with which the Lord has 
entrusted her. 

A question, presented to the State Superintend- 
ent, during a session of the State Sunday school con- 
vention, held at this place, was, " What is to be 
done with Superintendents, Teachers and Officers, 
who are slack concerning their Duty." "I must 
speak out loud on this question," said the Superin- 
tendent, " Drop them and drop them quick." We 
can learn from the world that whoever will not per- 
form faithfully the task assigned him is not worthy 
the trust conferred upon him, and is likely to kill 
the work over which he is placed. 

The World at our Door— What a grand 
thought to know that we can be mission workers at 
our own doors! If all had to cross the great ocean, 
in order to convert souls, how many, many of us 
would be disappointed! There are those who want 
to work and who will work and feel responsible, if 
we do not, though we could not go so far away to 
do it. But, oh, what responsibility must rest on the 
elder, ministers and deacons, at the great judgment 
day, when we all shall be arrayed before the great 
tribunal bar of God, to account for our stewardship 
here! Then it will all appear plain enough how we 
should have worked and planned for others to help. 
But, alas, it will be too latel Many will cry, and 
want to be happy in eternity, who were too busy on 
the farm, in merchandising, or other worldly busi- 
ness, that they had no time to care for these poor 
wretched ones. Will God say to us, — " Well done," 
or "departf" Which, — yes, which? 

J. P. Harshbarger 

Hutchinson, Kans. 



January 30, 189;, 

While we do not wish to discourage the energetic 
spirit that is pushing out into the frontier, and 
planting the banner of our King in new pla 
fear some of our people, and especially min 
are making a mistake by abandoning, or passing 
by, organized churches, that are thus left entirely 
without, or only partly supplied, with ministers, 
while some of the new places get an over-supply. 
By writing to Bro. Jacob Lichty, Secretary of Mis. 
sion Board, Waterloo, Iowa, with stamp, statii 
your circumstances and desires, he can put you in 
communication with parties who will give you 
formation on that line. Here is an opportunity to 
do good. J, D. Haughtelin. 

Jan. 18. 



Notes by the Way. 



The 



of meetings at the Killbuck church, 
Ind., closed one week ago. The weather wa 
favorable, as it rained and snowed during the first 
ten meetings, and the congregations were not large 
until towards the last, when the attendance and 
terest were good. We trust that some good 
done. 

We arrived home on the evening of Jan. 11. On 
the morning of Jan. 12, Bro. D. L. Miller arrived ; 
Forgy, Ohio, and the same evening commenced his 
"Bible Land Talks " at the Donnel's Creek ch 
He gave us five Talks on Bible Lands and 
preached five sermons, which were full of Gospel 
>e with us, at Donnel's Creek, till 



truth. 



: " Bible Land 
ill Feb. 7. 
especially after 



about Jan. : 

Talks " at the New Carlisle housi 

Such meetings are a feast to u 
being out preaching for several n 
joying this "season of refreshing 
permitting, assist at out-posts and mission-points, 
Feb. 27 I shall be with the Brethren of Shideler, 
Ind., to assist in a series of meetings. 

Henry Frantz 

Forgy, Ohio, Jan. iS. 



shall, 






From Sheldon, Iowa. 



De 



Me one to the 
of the quarter, 
I was disposed 
nd David Mil- 
child: 



bers of this con 
council, for the purpose of calling 
ministry. It being near the closi 
the business of the quarterly coun 
of also. Elders A. D. Nicodemus 
ler were with us and labored for us ove 
Bro. Miller gave an interesting talk to th- 
on Sunday morning. 

We miss Bro. Rolston, who is now attending th 
Bible school at Mt. Morris. From there he goes ti 
his old home in Virginia. We wish him a ph 
visit and hope that he may return to us with n 
newed zeal for aggressive work. 

Through the kind assistance of brethren Mausl 
and Miller, of Plymouth County, we manage to gel 
all of our regular appointments filled. J 
went to Primghar, to attend song service Friday 
and Saturday nights, and fill the appointments ovel 
Sunday, but, owing to a snow-storm, 
to be the worst for eight years, we did not meet a' 
all. Last Sunday, at the Sheldon church, o 
ence was small, owing to the drifting of the 

One thing we feel proud of here, is, that th 
brethren and sisters have enough zeal for Christ' 
cause, not to let their Sunday school 



during the winter, even 
never could understand ' 
kept up during the winti 



in Northwestern I 
'hy the day-school 
r, and the Sunday schoo 



must stop. Do those churches that stop thei 
schools think that the weather gets too cold a« 
bad for the devil to work? Brethren, do not stof 
and let the devil get recruits for his army ever) 
year, or you might as well give up! Oh, the cold 
ness and indifference of professing Christians! 

What victories for Christ could be achieve! 
in the great West, if we only had disciplined f« 
ces! What boundless fields of ripening { 
yet to be reaped! It is surprising how few 
the great State of Iowa, are acq lainted with tH 
claims of Primitive Christianity, as set forth by ^ 
Brethren. A few months ago, as I happi 
in the extreme northwestern pait of this £ 
inquired of a young lady as to whethi 



anoary 30, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL 3yCESSE3STGEE/. 



77 



_ iy Dunkard people in that vicinity, to which she 
hesitatingly replied, " Do you really mean drun- 
kards?" Can we be indifferent, when such start- 
ing facts confront us? P. B. Fitzwater. 
Jan. 18. . 

From the Montgomery Church, Pa. 

There being an interest awakened in this com- 
nunity by a few sermons, delivered here, one year 
,go, by Bro. Brice Sell, on the " Fall of man and 
his degenerated state," we invited him to return, in 
order to develop the subject more fully. 

0. Sell arrived Jan. 2, and, after preaching on 
Saturday evening and Sunday forenoon, he com- 
menced on Sunday evening with a discourse on the 
creation of all things. He showed the original de- 
en of God in nature. He spoke about man, his 
anner of living; also the animal, and then the 
fall of man, etc. Finally he introduced Christ, who 
) restore all things as they were. He found, in 
millennial reign of Christ, Eden restored. He 
then took up the doctrine of Christ and showed 
how it will bring about the restoration of man to 
first by Christ's atonement, second by our 
obedience. 

His labors were well received both by the mem- 
bers and outsiders. Carrie Br 
Ord, Pa.Jai. 18. 



From the Maquoketa Church, Iowa. 

E are now few in number and very much scat- 
tered. Our appointments can not be kept up, as I 
-ighty years of age, and have not been able to 
fill the appointments for the last six years. Of late 
the Mission Board of the Middle District of Iowa, 
j sent us help, so we have meeting now every 
ir weeks at Lost Nation, where we built a good 
etinghouse. Bro. Jacob Keller, of Cedar Coun- 
ty, and Bro. Stephen Johnson, of Benton County, 
been sent here by the Board of Middle Iowa 
to help us along, for the last two years. 

o. Keller commenced a series of meetings at 
Lost Nation, Jan. 4, and continued till Jan. 12, 
ivhen he was called home by illness in his family. 
The meetings were well attended and made deep 
pressions on the people. The work *was much 
■ived. We were sorry to have the meetings 
ise so soon, but we hope to have Bro. Keller re- 
turn to us soon, and give us more of the Bread of 
Mfe. Joshua Shultz. 

Elwood, Iowa, Jan. 18. 



Notes x from x our x Correspondents. 



EUerton, Md.— We, the Brethren of Middletown 
Valley, met in council Jan. I. We decided to hold 

r love feast May 29, to which we extend the usu- 

invitation. Ministers on their way east, to An- 
nual Meeting, are invited to be with us. Write to 
George Leatherman, Harmony, Frederick Co., Md. 
—George S. Harp. Jan. 77. 

eenspring, Pa.— Bro. Silas Hoover, of Bills, Pa., 
>een preaching at the Greenspring church, Up- 
per Cumberland district, with telling effect. Twen- 
'o have united with us by baptism and two 
have applied for admission. One precious lamb is 
kept out in the cold, longing to enter, but is hin- 
dered by her parent.—/?. Givlerjan. 20. 

Flora, Ind.— Bro. Stuckman, of Nappanee, Ind., 
'as just closed a very successful series of meetings 
n the Flora church. Four bright young men came 
™t on the Lord's side and two former members 
were reclaimed This church has over three hun- 
dred members. Our Sunday school and weekly so- 
cial meetings are a great, soul-reviving work.- Jo- 
seph Studebaker, Jan. Ig. 

Wanted.— A minister to locate in the Ten Mile 
congregation, Washington Co., Pa. A house and 
"'teen acres of land will be furnished. The mem- 
bers also agree to aid in assisting otherwise. The 
Brother to be in full faith with the doctrine of the 

rethren and an earnest and zealous worker. For 
"tther information, address the writer.-S. W. 
"«*U, South Strabane, Washington Co., Pa. 



Philadelphia, Pa.— Our mission is growing. We 
have, at present, one hundred and ten enrolled in 
the Sunday school. We have clothed many poor 
children and now have them in our school. Some 
of these had never attended Sunday school before 
— J. W. Cline. Jan. 18. 

Codorus Church, Pa.— Dec. 26 Bro. Isaac Rid- 
dlesberger, of Quincy, Pa., and J. F. Price, of Line- 
boro, Md., came to us and preached nineteen soul- 
cheering sermons. Two were received into the 
church by baptism; others were almost persuaded. 
— S. B. Myers, Graydon, Pa., Jan. II. 

Ft. Collins, Colo.— Our council, Jan. 9, found us 
in love and union. We are few in number and need 
help. The harvest truly is great at this place, but 
the laborers are few. If we had an able minister 
with us for a few months, we believe great good 
might be done. Come and help us!—/. F. Shuck. 
Jan. 11. 

Barren Ridge, Va— Jan. 3 Bro. S. A. Sanger 
came to our church and began a series of meetings. 
Owing to a great deal of sickness in the communi- 
ty, the meetings were not so well attended. Bro. 
Sanger himself was not very well part of the time. 
The meeting closed Jan. 13. Although there were 
no accessions, we trust that the seed sown may 
bring forth much fruit in its season. — N. Walter 
Coffman./an.lS. 

Arcadia, Nebr.— We met in council at Bro. J. B 
Mowery's, Jan. 14. All business that came before 
the meeting was disposed of with the best of feel- 
ing. Some other important business was deferred 
because our elder was not present. Our Bible 
Normal closed last Sunday night, with a Bible 
reading, conducted by Bro. H. E. Price. Though 
such a meeting was new here, it was fairly attend- 
ed— .0. M Ross, Jan. ig. 

Chiques Church, Pa.— Last night closed a two 
weeks' series of meetings at the Chiques Hill hoi 
Bro. John Herr, of Myerstown, Pa., preached, 
all, sixteen sermons. He held forth the Truth with 
power. Three souls became willing to follow Je- 
sus, and there are evidences that others are serious- 
ly considering the necessity of serving him. Feb. 
6 a series of meetings will commence at the Green 
Tree house. Bro. J. K. Pfautz, of Farmersville, Pa., 
has promised to labor for us. — John C. Zug.Jan. 18. 

Black Rock, Pa.— Bro. David Etter, of Dauphin 
County, Pa., came to us and preached for us from 
Nov. 21 to 29. Dec. 26 Bro. F. C. Renner, of Fred- 
erick County, Md., commenced holding meetings 
and continued until the evening of Jan. 3. Jan. II, 
Bro. Isaac Riddlesberger, of Franklin County, Pa., 
came to us. He will continue meetings until the 
evening of the 17th. As a result of these meetings, 
one has been made willing to serve God. The 
church is much encouraged by the labors of these 
brethren.— E. S. Miller, Jan. 15. 

Centralia, Wash. — The Brethren here assembled 
Jan. 2, to organize a church, which work was prop- 
erly attended to by all present. There are twelve 
members located here, four of whom united with us 
by letter. Five were received by Christian bap- 
tism in 1896. Bro. Allen Ives was chosen elder of 
this organization. We have no deacon at present. 
It was agreed by all present that this church be 
known as the " Centralia church." May this little 
band of workers be faithful in Christ Jesus! This 
church desires to have a minister locate here and 
remain with the work. — Alice S. Christlieb, Jan. 15. 

Glendora Church, Cal. — There is a flourishing 
church here, with brethren Norcross and Urey as 
ministers. Bro. Joseph Trostle had lately taken the 
oversight, but has now moved to Compton, thirty 
miles distant, which will make the church work 
here inconvenient for him. This congregation is 
made up of two parts, — one at Covina, five miles 
south of here, yet working in harmony with the 
Brethren here. We find the members very kind 
and affectionate towards each other. We love to 
labor with them. The church here has decided to 
hold a series of meetings in the near future. Bro. 
I. D. Parker is engaged to do the preaching. — Har- 
vey M. Barkdoll, Alosta, Cal., Jan, ty. 



Roann, Ind. — We have just closed an interesting 
and enjoyable series of meetings, which began Dec. 
26, and closed last night, Jan. 20, conducted by 
Eld. Dorsey Hodgden, of Huntington County, 
Ind. He preached, in all, thirty-eight sermons, 
full of Gospel truths, and well to the point. Saints 
were greatly encouraged to press forward, with re- 
newed zeal, in the good work of the Lord. Fifteen 
dear souls were added to the fold of Christ, four- 
teen by Christian baptism and one reclaimed that 
had strayed away. The ages of those baptized 
ranged from fourteen to fifty-four years. Our dear 
brother goes from here to the City of Elkhart, Ind., 
to continue his labors for the Lord.— Joseph John, 
Jan. 21. 

Keuka Church, Fla.— Jan. 14 Bro. C. D. Hylton 
commenced preaching at the Keuka church. He 
gave us twelve able sermons. Bro. J. C. Lahman 
preached on Sunday forenoon. Bro. Hylton 
closed his meetings on Sunday night. While there 
were no accessions, the members were much built 
up. We hope the cause may prosper by the labors 
of Bro. Hylton. We much regret that Eld. E. J, 
Neher will leave us very soon. We wish him and 
family God's blessing. At this writing quite a 
number of people in our locality are down with La 
grippe. Nearly all of Bro. E. J. Nehcr's family 
were sick at one time, but are improving now. We 
are having warm but dry weather at present.—/. /. 
Miller. Jan. 20. 

Indian Creek, Pa.— Bro. I. B. Ferguson, of 
Somerset Connty, Pa., came to the Nedrow school- 
house, in the southern part of Westmoreland Coun- 
ty, Jan. 9, and continued meetings until Jan. 17, 
He preached, in all, ten soul-cheering sermons to a 
crowded house of attentive hearers. One precious 
soul was made willing to accept Christ by baptism. 
He was seriously hurt by the fatal tree-fall that re- 
moved three others from time to eternity, in a mo- 
ment, on the evening of Jan. 19, 1896, when Bro. 
Ferguson held a meeting at the same schoolhouse. 
Bro. Ferguson proclaimed the Word with power 
and the Spirit. We have preaching at the Nedrow 
schoolhouse every four weeks, and social meeting 
every two weeks. — Jeremiah Faust, Champion, Pa., 
Jan. 19. 

Shippensburg, Pa.— On Sunday, Dec, 27, our 
new church edifice, 36x52 feet in size, with a seat- 
ing capacity of four hundred, was dedicated. The 
dedicatory sermon was ably delivered by Bro, Swi- 
gart, of Huntingdon, Pa. He also preached a very 
interesting sermon on Sunday evening, when he 
was succeeded by Bro. Joseph Long, of York, Pa,, 
who preached eighteen soul-reviving sermons, As 
an immediate result four souls were led to accept 
Christ through baptism. Many more were almost 
persuaded. The house was crowded every evening, 
and excellent attention was manifested throughout 
the meetings. We earnestly hope that the good 
seed, sown by Bro. Long, shall soon spring forth 
and bear an abundant harvest. On Sunday, Jan. 3, 
we organized a Sunday school of one hundred and 
eight scholars. Bro. Crist Foglesonger was elect- 
ed Superintendent, and the writer Assistant. — W. 
M. Foglesonger. 

South Keokuk Church, Iowa.— Our quarterly 
council was held Dec. 19. We reorganized our 
Sunday school for the coming year. Bro. Frank 
Gillam was elected superintendent. We have had 
an evergreen Sunday school for the last few years, 
and generally have better attendance in winter 
than summer. While we have but a membership 
of fifty-six, our Sunday school had an average 
attendance of forty-nine for fifty-two lessons in 
i8l,6. We use the Brethren's literature; also the 
Disciple and Sunday School Song Book. Our agent 
for the Messenger secured twenty subscribers for 
the paper. We had preaching on Christmas. At 
the close of the meeting a collection was taken up 
for the General Mission, amounting to S575. Bro. 
A. Wolf, of Libertyville, Iowa, came to us Jan. 3, 
to do some mission work, but, wing to inclemen- 
cy of the weather, he closed with three sermons. 
A collection of S470 was taken up,— Mary Heil 
man, OUie, Iowa, Jan. 20. 



Correction.— In my communicatu 
n Messengf.r No. 2, page 27, it should 



•Bro. Ada 



Shiidc 



. fello 



have recently been reste 
ship," not " Bro. Arnold and wife." I 
am sorry this mistake occurred. It 
was not so intended. — Benj, Leckrone, 
Ziontown, Ohio. 

Maple Grove Church, Kans.— The 
regular quarterly council occurred Jan. 
9. Brethren J. P. Nofzigcr, of Nebras- 
ka, and John Wertz, of Quinter, Kans., 
were with us. A choice was held for a 
minister. The lot fell on Bro. George 
Friend, who was installed into office. 
Our elder, J, R Garber, requested to 
be relieved from the oversight of this 
church, which was granted, and John 
Wertz chosen elder. The brethren 
preached three soul-cheering sermons 
while with us. Our Sunday school was 
partially re-organized by electing Bio. 
G. M. Throne, Superintendent.— Aldula 
Throne, Norton, Kans. 

Ames Church, Iowa. — We met in 
council Jan. 16. Our elder, Bro. John 
Diehl, was present, and also Bro. Geo. 
Thomas, of Idaho, and Bro. James 
Thomas, of Prairie City. Our elder, 
nducted the meeting, 
re chosen for the pres- 
Samuel Goughnour was 
elder, Bro. J. McColly 
nd the undersigned 
: dear brother was 
claimed. We have but a small flock 
and no minister here. We would bi 
very glad if we could have a minister 
located among \is.—Lissie McColly, Gil- 
bert Station, Ioiva,Jan. 18. 



Prairie View Church, Mo.— At our 

Sunday school. Bro. Charles Shcpp 
was chosen Superintendent. We will 
use the Brethren's Sunday School Song 
Book. Bro. Urn. Holsopp e is teach- 
ing a class in vocal music at Prairie 
View.— Bertha Kring. St. Martini, Mo., 
Jan. i 7 . 

Middle District, Ohio.— A few weeks 
ago Bro. W. Q Calvert, of Mayhill, 
Ohio, came and gave us a two weeks' 
meeting, and presented to us many in 
teresting thoughts from the Bible. Wi 
believe that good impressions havi 
been maHe, and that some are count 
ing the cost of their soul's salvation.— 
J). P. Sollcnberger, Jan. i 7 . 



realized that it would be the last on 
earth with many. Hutsonville will be 
my next point.— £>. B. Gibson, Jan. 18. 

MINISTERIAL PROGRAMS. 
McPherson Church, Kans. 

The Ministerial Meeting in the above-named 
church will be held on Tuesday, April 

A. M. 

TOPICS. 

i. "How to Select Suitable Texts to Instruct 
and Edify Different Congregations."— Daniel 
Vaniman, Edward Frantz. 

2. " How to Awaken the Church 
Zeal in Missionary Work. Also, the Necessity 
of Properly Sustaining the Missioi 
cob Wilmore, S.Z.Sharp. 

3. What Plan can be Devised to Get the 
Attend Church Councils— Espi 



January 30, 1897, 



Middletown, Ind.— Bn 
preached at this placi 



he 



not feel 



ng 



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to-day. 1 
he had 1 



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Gilman, Ind.— Dec. 29 Bro. Henry 
Frantz, of Forgy, Ohio, commenci 
series of meetings in the Killbuck 
church. He preached, in all, sixteen 
sermons, including one funeral serr 
Dec. 30, Ora Mahoney, son of Bro. 
than and sister Catherine Mahoney, 
aged twelve years, while out hunting 
with a friend, was injured by the acci 
dental discharge of a gun, the contents 
of which entered his side. He lived 
about four hours. On account of the 
inclemency of the weather, and sick- 
ness, the attendance at the meetings, 



abo 






ed to, 



nail. The 



y accessions, yet 
igcd, and we think the meetings 
:pect Bro. I. J. 



of Co 



ngton, Ohi. 



to 
Anti- 



will be 
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hold a ser.es c 

och church, to begin somet 

ruary.— Katie Mtllspaughjan. 14. 

Nez Perces, Idaho.— We are about 
twenty miles from an organized church. 
Bro. Geo. Thomas, of Nez Perces, for- 
merly of Iowa, an able speaker and 
ic worker, thinks we 
organize a church at 
e already have about 
twelve members, in and around that 
place, and think that more will locate 
here in the spring. The members of 
the Moscow church have now decided 
to send for Eld. M. M. Bashor, of Sa- 
lem. Oregon, and we hope that he will 
be able to come over on what is known 
as the " Nez Perces Reservation," and 
preach for us. We have but few meet- 
inghouses built, but the people are all 
wdling to have preaching in their 
houses. The regular quarterly council 
of the Pot Latch congregation will be 
held Feb. 13. Bro. Enoch Faw is the 
minister.— Nanna V, Rinehart, Jan. ij. 



meeting to-night 
Wellington to fill the next appoint- 
ment. Last Sunday Bro. John Hoover 
preached for us out at the old church. 
s from Colorado and is here visit- 
lis mother and relatives. He did 
not shun to preach the Word.— Florida 
J. E.Green, Jan. i 7 . 

Cottage Grove, Ind— Bro. I. B. Wike 
came to us Jan. 2 and preached, in all, 
nineteen soul-inspiring discourses; the 
best of the services was the children's 
meeting. We had attentive listeners 
during our meetings. Our services 
were made far more interesting by a 
half-hour song service each evening h 
fore preaching, conducted by Br 
Wike. There were no accessions I 
the church, yet we feel that no serii 
of meetings ever held here was pro- 
ductive of more good.— Susie A. Brum- 

Cerrogordo, 111.— I was present at 
the re-organtzation of the "Sisters' Be- 
nevolent Society," of Cerrogordo 
During the last quarter they have do- 
nated S50.79 to the Armenian Orphans' 
Home. Two hundred and forty-nine 
garments were donated to the Western 
sufferers, and one hundred and fifty- 
nine garments to the Old People's and 
Orphans' Home, Mexico, Ind. Nine- 
ty-four garments, four comforts, and 
fifty yards of new goods were distrib- 
uted to the poor at home. Children 
clothed and brought into 
Sunday school, and mothers' and fa- 



the 



ade glad to 



the 



lothed, 

the harvest be for such dear workers! 
G. W. Cripejan. 15. 

Milmine, 111.— One more has been 
baptized in this church since our last 
eport. Our meetings at Milford, Ind,, 
losed with three baptized and many 
tear the kingdom. The question-box 
brought out expressions on nearly all 
peculiar characteristics. Many 
e out who do not usually attend 
tings of any kind. The answer to 
cretism " brought out the Lodge 
1, who gave candid attention to our 
objections. We hope good was ac- 
plished, as no animosity was en- 
gendered. Brethren McClure, J. C. 
Stoner and the writer met with the Al- 
hurch to do soma work. Bro 
S. W. Garber was ordained to the eld- 
irship. One was baptized since last 
eport. During my care of this church 
here have been sixteen baptized and 
quite a number reclaimed. Our fare- 
eeting was very tender, as we 



cially the Young?"— A. W. Rose, C. E. Ar- 
nold. 

4. " How to Approach and Gain our Erring 
Members more Successfully."— A. C. Wieand, 
Lora Detter, 

5. " In what Way can a Deacon's Wife be a 
Help to Him in his Office?"— Joanna Keedy, 
Sadie Dresher. 

6. "What Method to Pursue to Obtain Gos- 
pel Plainness and less Conformity to the 
World."— John Wise, Enoch Eby. 

7. " How to Teach and Encourage our Visit- 
ing Brethren to Perform the Visit (Annually or 
Otherwise) with a greater Degree of Piety, and 
less Haste."— Jacob Vaniman, John Myers. 

'How to Awaken in the Laity a Deeper 
Regard for the Ministry to Assist in Preaching 
the Gospel."— Joseph Calvert, J. P. Harshbar- 

' How can Greater Activity on the Part 
of Young Members in Church Work be Pro- 
1?"— Moses Brubaker, Isaac Brubaker. 

W. A. Rose, ) 

A. F. Miller, f Committee. 

J. P. Harshbarger, ) 



HAMILTON.-In the Bachelor Run congre. 
gation, Carroll Co., Ind., sister Mary, 1 
Eld. Hiel Hamilton, aged 87 years, 4 momhj 
and 11 days. She united with the Brctbrc 
church a number of years ago, and lived an 
exemplary Christian life, being very much ai. 
tached to the cause of her Savior and the in. 
terest of the church. Funeral services by Eld 
Solomon Blickenstaff, from Job 5: 26. 
ment in the Flora cemetery. 

A. W. ElKENBERRY. 

MESSENGER.— At her home at Wayn< 
ville, Mo„ Jan. 2, 1897, of blood poison, sist 
Sarah E., wife of Bro. Nathan Messenger, aged 
45 years 2 months and 13 days. She \ 
exemplary member of the Brethren church and 
a teacher in the Sunday school. Forty-eigl 
hours before her death she called for the eli 



nted. She 



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-MATRIMONIAL- 



HAMEL— GRUBER.— At the residence of 
Eld. J. H. Baker, Jan. 12, 1897, Bro. Martii 
mel, of Alvo, Nebr., and sister Mary Gruber,*of 
Astoria, 111. Mattie Dav 

GEISER— SMITH.-At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Jan. 12, 1897, by the writer, Dr 
John S. Geiser, 1607 Edmondson Ave,, Balti 



City, Md., 
retary of the Ho 
ren cburch of B; 
bury, Baltimore, 



:er Mary I. Smith, Sec 
sionFundof the Breth- 
, 23 Druid Ave., Wood. 
J. A. Bricker. 



FALLEN i ASLEEP . . . 



YOUNCE.— In the Solomon's Creek congre- 
gation, Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 12, 1897, of heart 
trouble. Eld. Davis Younce, aged 69 years, 4 
months and 12 days. He had been ailing for 
a long time, and, for nearly a year, could not 
lie down upon his bed to sleep, Night and 
day he sat upon his chair, and at last quietly 
[ell asleep,— a natural sleep which ended in a 
sleep of death. Bro. Younce did much labor 
n the Lord's vineyard. The earlier portion of 
nis ministry was in Ohio, a short time in Phila- 
delphia, Pa., and the latter part of his life in 
Indiana— most of that time in the Solomon's 
Creek congregation, in which he was ordained 
the eldership. He leaves a companion, 
h whom he lived nearly fifty-five years; also 
1 sons and two daughters. Three children 
preceded him to the world of spirits. Short 
ces were conducted by the writer at the 
\ according to his request. The remains 
then conveyed to the Syracuse cemetery 
aid to rest. J. H. Warstler. 

lINES,— Near Union Bridge, Carroll Co., 
Md„ Jan. 5, 1897, sister Mary S. Haines, aged 
S4 years, 8 months and 27 days. Her remains 
laid to rest in the cemetery at Pipe Creek 
and the occasion improved by the writer, and 
s, from Rev. 7: 9. She was the only 
daughter of Jacob Switzer. She had four 
brothers, but outlived them all. As we turned 
from the grave the President of the First 
nal Bank, Westminster, Md., said, " You 
t bury any better people than she was." 
E.W. Stoner, 



husband (a deacon in the church) and two 
daughters (both sisters). Funeral services b 
Eld. S. Stump and J. Deleplain. Text, Jo 
14: 14, " If a man die, will be live again? " 

W. J. Hively. 

ROYER.-In the Ephrata church, Pa., Jar 

6, 1897, of heart failure, Bro. Reuben R. Royet, 

aged 69 years, 5 months and 2 days. He leaves 

id four children. Fur 

brethren Amos Hottenstein and E. B. Lefevet, 

J, R. Roye 

CHRISTNER.-In the Summit Mills 

gregation, Somerset Co , Pa„ Jan. 7, 1897, 

seph Christuer, aged 83 years, 7 months and 

days. He united with the Brethren church 

2r sixty years ago. Funeral services by tbc 

iter, from Rev. 14: 13, assisted by brethren 

Joel Gnagyand J. Peck. H. A. Stahl. 

DAVIS.— In the Ashland church, Ohio, i 
Steam Corners, Dec. 18, 1896, Susan Davis, 
jed 71 years, 11 months and 5 days, 
rvices at the Union meetinghous 
riter, from 1 Cor. 15:26. W. F. En 
SUMPTION.— In the bounds of the Maplt 
Grove church, Ashland Co,, Ohio, Jan. 12, 181 
William Fred, youngest child of William a 
Anna Sumption, aged 1 year, 6 months and 
days. Funeral services by the writer, in 
Mark lo: 14. W. F. England 

BENTZ.— In the White Oak church, La 
caster Co., Pa., sister Amanda, widow of the 
late Elias Bentz, aged 71 years, 6 months and 
7 days. She had a stroke of apople; 
five weeks ago, which was the cause 
death. She leaves two daughters and < 



-all r 



ried. Funeral s 



ibyt 



ters of the WhiteOak church. J. R. Ro 

DELLINGER.— In the Seneca church, Hu 
ron Co., Ohio, Bro. Henry Dellinger, aged t 
years, 5 months and 8 days. He was born i 
York County, Pa., Aug. 3, 1829. He was ma 
ried to Elizabeth Sennctt, Sept. 23, 1858. To 
this union were born seven children, or 
ing preceded him. He leaves a wife, thr« 
sons and three daughters. Funeral servie 
by the home ministers, from Eccl. 12: 7. 

Adam B. Beelman 

CROUSORE.— In the Greentown church, 
Ind., Jan. 4, 1897, sister Rhoda Ann(Bogue) 
Crousore, aged 72 years, 3 months and 8 days. 
Funeral occasion improved by the wri 
sisted by A. Caylor. Daniel Bock. 

MILLER— In the Lower Stillwater church, 
affection ot tb( 
sd 72 years, 
months and 19 days. Deceased was born it 
Lebanon County, Pa., March 13, 1824. Funee 
al services from 2 Cor. 5: 1-10, by Eld. 
Smith, and the associate ministers of Lower 
Stillwater church. L. A. Bookwaltek. 

WINGARD.— In the Peach Blossom church, 
Md„ Dec. 23, [896, of malignant scarle 
Paul R„ only child of George and Mary Win' 
was a bright little boy, well beloved 
by those who knew him. Jos. D. Wingard. 

MARTIN.— In the Naperville cburch, Dii' 
page Co., 111., Jan. 12, 189-, of kidney troublf. 
Eld. Christian F. Martin, aged 78 years, 
tbs and 12 days. Deceased was born 
Erie County, Pa. He was married to 5arat>| 
Rhodes, of Erie County, New York, i 
In 1849 they came West. Bro. Mart 
chosen to the ministry in 1861 and ordain^] 
in 1875. He leaves eight childret 
ind one daughter preceded him 
world. Funeral services at the Nap^I 
:hurch by Eld. Jacob and Bro. Aaron So!'j 
lenberger, from Job 14: 14, 

C, E, BARJtDOLL. 



January 30, 1897. 

CRIPE.— In the Cando church, N. Dak., Jan. 

3 1897, sister Elisabeth Cripe, aged 43 years 
and 7 days. She was a faithful member of the 
Brethren church for twenty-five years, and 
loved by all who knew her. She had stomach 
trouble for many years. She was the mother 
of eleven children, of whom six have been 

:alled away. She leaves five children and a 
dear companion. The neighbors were all with 
her on her birthday, at which time she seemed 
bright and cheerful. She was buried Jan. 6, 
, at the German Baptist graveyard. The 
funeral will be preached later on. 

Sina Anderson. 

SHR1DER. — In the Jonathan Creek congre- 
gation, Perry Co., Ohio, Dec, 20, 1896, sister 
Lydia, consort of Bro. Adam Shrider, aged 51 
years, it months and 17 days. She leaves a 
husband and five children. Three children 
preceded her to the spirit land. During her 
protracted illness,— which lasted nearly nine 
months, — she bore her suffering with Christian 
fortitude. Funeral services by the writer from 
Rev. 22: 14. Quincy Leckrone. 

BROWN.— In Brownsville, Md., Jan, 7, 1897, 
sister Mary Magdalene Brown, aged 81 years 
and 2 days. Funeral services by brethren El: 
Vourtee, David Ausherman and Otho S. High 
barker, from Luke 12: 37. This had been se 
lected by the deceased during her lifetime as 
the text for her funeral sermon. She united 
with the church about fifty-seven years ago 
She is survived by two sons and one daughter 
J. E. M. Castle. 

GILBERT. — In the Lower Twin church, 
Ohio, Jan. It, 1897, of diphtheria, Jesse, son of 
Bro. Thomas and sister Susie Gilbert, aged 7 
years, 2 months and 16 days. He leaves 
iher, mother, three sisters and two brothi 
Two dear ones from the same family circle 
preceded him to the spirit land. Funeral sen 
ices by the writer from Job 16: 22. 

B. F. Petry. 

BROWN.— In the Brownsville, Md., congr. 
gation, near Weaverton, Sept. 7, 1896, Br 
James S. Brown, aged nearly 70 years. Ft 
neral services by Eld. Eli Yourtee. Decease 
was engaged in cutting off corn Not retun 
ing at the proper time in the evening, his wil 
went to her neighbor's to inquire for hin 
Search was instituted and his lifeless remain 
were found next morning, quite near to where 
he had been working. Heart disease, it is 
thought, caused the sudden end. A widow, 
one son and one daughter survive him. 

J. E. M. Castle. 

MYERS.— In the Greenmount church, Va., 
Dec. 31, 1896, Bro. Jacob Myers, aged 84 years, 

4 months and 23 days, Bro. Myers was an 
earnest member of the church and served 
faithfully in the office of deacon for a number 
of years. For the last few years of his life he 
suffered a great deal with vertigo, but bore his 
afflictions patiently. He was paralyzed a short 
time before his death. Services at the Baptist 
church near his home. Occasion improved by 
elders J. P. Zigler and Benjamin Miller, from 
p s, 17: 15. Jacob A. Garber. 

KESTER.— At the home of his daughter, 
near Galesburg, Kans., Aug. 4, 1806, Bro. Her- 
mann Kester, aged 76 years, 7 months and 1 
day. Deceased was born in Henderson Coun- 
ty, New Jersey, Jan. 3, 1820. He was married 
to Sarah Tharp, Nov. 19, 1842. In 1852 they 
moved to Illinois, and to Kansas in 1872. He 
leaves an aged companion and five children. 
One daughter preceded him. He united with 
the Brethren church forty -five years ago. He 
identified himself with the Progressive church 
in 1885. Funeral services by A. J. Hixson, as- 
sisted by Bro. S. Hodgden, from Rev.*!*; 13. 
S. J. Kester. 

WHISTLER— In the New Haven church, 
Mich., Jan. 12, 1897, Bro. Horace Whistler, aged 
34 years. Deceased was found dead in bed. 
Death came without a moment's warning. He 
was the son of Bro. Andrew and Catharine 
Whistler, and was never married. Funeral 
services by the writer, assisted by Bro. D. 
Chambers. Geo. E. Stone. 

CLARK— In the bounds of the Ashland 
congregation, Ashland, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1897, 
Hettie Clark, aged 84 years, 4 months and 20 
days, She was a devoted member of the Men- 
nonite church and loved by all who knew her. 
Funeral services were conducted at the Dickey 
meetinghouse by Mr. Good, of the Mennonite 



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he Gospel Messenger. 



" SET FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE GOSPEL."— Phil, 



Vol. 35. 



Mount Morris, III., February 6, 1897. 



No. 6 



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^EDITORIAL i MISCELLANY-^ 



The Salvation Army folks did a very foolish 
thing in New York a few weeks ago. They adver- 
tised the burning of the devil, and then charged an 
ission fee to the hall where the scene was to be 
sssed. A large figure, representing their idea 
of Satan, was made of pasteboard, and then burned 
in the presence of a large assembly as they shouted 
and cheered. These earnest workers are to be 
commended for the work they are doing among the 
lowly and outcast in many cities, but it is unfortu- 
nate that they should undertake such a silly thing 
as this burning affair. It reads too much like some 
of the scenes belonging to the Dark Ages. We can 
and should resist the devil, and then he will flee 

ooi us, but everybody ought to know that we can 

:ither burn nor frighten him with fire. 



Every lover of peace on earth and good will to 
ien. will regret to learn that the treaty of peace 
between the United States and England, referred to 
a short time ago, is in danger of being defeated in 
ie United States Senate, where it is vigorously op- 
leased by certain Senators. Probably no greater 
calamity could occur at this time than to have 
lch an important and far-reaching agreement fail 
st because of a little national pride. Should this 
treaty fail to be endorsed by our Senate, after hav- 
g been approved by the best thinkers of the 
"°rld, it would be a lasting disgrace to this coun- 
i y- It is to be hoped that such a thing will not 
Mall it. We are living in an age, when every pos- 
- ble effort should be made to strengthen peace 
inciplw, and we can think of nothing tha.t will 
'Hiance peace more than the confirming of this 
■-aty. It was hailed with joy on both continents, 
undreds, if not thousands of ministers, endorsed 
from their pulpits and the best writers in all lands 



welcomed it, for in it they saw great possibilities. It 
was suggested that it might lead to a similar treaty 
between France and this country, as well as similar 
treaties between various advanced nations on the 
other continent, and thus be the means of doing 
away with large standing armies and costly navies, 
and thereby take from the shoulders of the labor- 
ing masses, a burden that has long been grievous 
to bear. Let us earnestly pray that this treaty may 
prevail, and that it may wield an influence in favor 
of the principles of peace, that will be felt both far 
and wide! 

The Venezuelan boundary line dispute came near 
involving this country in war with England. But 
the better judgment of the two countries prevailed, 
and it was finally agreed to arbitrate the dispute by 
the United States appointing two men and Eng- 
land two, and King Oscar, of Sweden, serving as 
the fifth. President Cleveland has just nominat- 
ed Chief Justice Fuller and Justice Brewer, on the 
part of this country. Great Britain will doubtless 
appoint two of her most famous lawyers, and then 
the arbitrators will soon be in shape to enter upon 
their important work. It is important for several 
reasons. In the first place, it is to settle a dispute 
of long standing. Secondly, it shows that there is 
a better way than a resort to arms to settle nation- 
al differences. Third, England is the stronger, and 
had war broken out between her and Venezuela, 
without any interference upon the part of the 
United States, "might- would have made right 
but, in this instance, justice will doubtless preva 
And lastly, and most important, it is a grand tr 
umph for the peace principles. It will have its it 
fluence, and may, as we hope it will, induce othi 
nations to settle their disputes in the sa 



Coolness in the time of trouble or danger is a 
quality the value of which is hard to overestimate 
Fortunate is the man who cultivates this very im- 
portant quality and has it at command just when 
most needed. We were impressed with this fact 
on reading the account of a wreck which occurred 
on the other side of the Atlantic a few weeks ago. 
A large vessel, belonging to England had on board 
1,231 soldiers, in addition to a number of women 
and children, the families of the married men of 
the military force. About two o'clock in the morn- 
ing the vessel ran ashore o'ff the Island of Reun- 
ion. It was pitch dark. The rain was coming 
down in torrents. The commanding officer was one 
of those cool-headed men, who seemed to know 
no fear. He gave command for the soldiers to re- 
tire from the upper deck to the one below. They 
obeyed his orders perfectly, though they knew 
there was danger of the last one of them being 
drowned, He then lowered two officers who, as- 
certained that people could be landed from the 
front end of the vessel. Then, as rapidly as 
possible, he ordered the men to come up to be 
landed. The work went on thus for an hour with 
peifect order, when he discovered that there was 
danger of the vessel turning over. He then 
stopped the landing of the men, and ordered all 
of the women to be immediately let down and tak- 
en to shore. After this the landing of the men 
went on again, and the vessel gradually sank to 
one side; but by this time daylight was breaking 
and all yet on board were ordered to swim for 
their lives, so, as the vessel went down, all made the 
escape to the shore but two servants, that lost 
r lives. Thus, by the skillful management of 
cool-headed man, nearly 1,500 persons were 
d, whereas if the officer had been excited, 



nearly all of them might have lost their lives. 
Probably every church in the Brotherhood may 
well represent a vessel on its journey from earth 
to heaven, and is presided over by a housekeeper 
selected for that purpose. There are times of 
storms, dangers and troubles in the church. How 
valuable, then, is the leadership of the elder who 
never allows himself to become excited, and who 
never loses his judgment, but calmly and trustfully 
labors to conduct his people through the storm, 
and finally land each one on the heavenly shore 
without the loss that would occur should he per- 
mit himself to be carried away by the excitement 
of the 



The cold wave, which swept over this country 
two weeks ago, is said to have been the most severe 
experienced in thirty years. It reached from the 
Pacific Coast to the Atlantic, and extended south 
to the Gulf, affecting the extreme northern part of 
Florida to some extent, though it does not seem to 
have done any damage within the orange belt. 
The whole face of the country, from middle Geor- 
gia north was covered with a great body of snow. 
Mercury ran uniformly low in all parts of the 
land, and, in a few sections, it went over forty de- 
grees below zero. The suffering was intense and 
wide-spread, though not much loss of life from 
freezing is reported. It is thought that the loss of 
cattle on the large ranches in the Northwest will 
prove very great. Great, indeed, was the suffering 
in Chicago, where 50,000 or more persons are s^iJ 
to have been on the verge of starvation, or in dan- 
ger of freezing, But the public-spirited people 
came quickly to their relief, and a great calamity 
was averted. Over S6o,ooo was raised in various 
ways, with which to procure food and clothing for 
the suffering, so as to enable them to tide over this 
severe spell of weather. 



Mark Twain's name is known in nearly every 
civilized country in the world. In his prime he 
was not only a good writer but a fine business man. 
He wrote books, and the people purchased them 
by the thousands, and he became rich. His busi- 
ness was to amuse the reader, and he did it in his 
own peculiar way. Later on in life he became quite 
eccentric, and for months would converse with no 
one but children. It was nice for the children, for 
he was a genial old man who knew how to make 
sunshine for the little people who gathered about 
him. Some of the older people, however, did not 
seem to like this eccentricity any too we'l, but 
Mark thought that was none of their business. In 
an unguarded hour he went into the publishing 
business with partners who soon ran the institution 
into debt, and one year ago the firm went to the 
wall, leaving large debts for Mark to settle. He 
paid as far as his property would reach, then start- 
ed on a lecture tour around the world with a view 
of making money enough to settle all the obliga- 
tions placed upon him. Thousands of people sym- 
pathized with the white-haired old man, in his 
earnest effort to earn money to meet the demands of 
his creditors. But the lecture tour did not turn out 
as was expected, and now the distinguished author 
is in London, still struggling to pay his debts. 
Well, Mark Twain may have written some things 
not so proper for a devout man to write, and then 
he may have done a few things that pious people 
would not do, but we honor the man who can 
cheerfully step from luxury to toil, and then go in- 
to hard work with a view of paying his honest 
debts. In this respect his gray hairs are putting 
hundreds of loud-professing Christians to shame. 



■ESSAYS;' 



CAST THY BREAD UPON THE WATERS. 



Thy bread upon the waters cast, 
And after many days are past 

Then surely shall thou find, 
That he who gives the ravens food 
Shall make his gracious promise good, 

Nor leave one crumb behind. 
Oh, scatter seed in faith around. 
In yielding or unyielding ground, 

Nor deem the harvest late. 
For he who now in hope doth sow, 
E'en though his tears of sorrow flow. 

Shall reap a harvest great. 
And doubt not, brother, that thy sighs 
Thy burdens and perplexities 

Arc known to God above. 
He sees thy struggles, marks them all, 
Nor can a tear unheeded fall; 

He watches thee in love. 



When the great Master shall draw near, 
And angel reapers shall appear 
To bring the harvest home. 

-M. B. . 



CONDUCTING THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. 

BY JOHN E. MOHLER. 

Supposing the school is properly officered and 
organized with teachers,— the best that can be se- 
cured,— the Sunday school well supplied with les- 
son helps, and a determined mind in the officers 
and teachers of the school, to save souls for Christ, 
— the school will be a power in the church for good. 

Ordinarily the Sunday school services should 
last but one hour, and the time allotted for each 
pait of the service should be closely observed 
Until the order of service is firmly fixed in the su- 
perintendent's mind, a short memorandum, for ref- 
erence, will be a convenient help. Supposing the 
Sunday school to 

at ten o'clock A. M, — and promptness in opening is 
a vital point,— the memorandum of services will 
read about as follows: 

From 10 to 10: 5, appropriate opening song. 

10: 5 to 10: 10, Scripture reading, with comments. 

10: 10 to 10: 15, prayer, followed by one verse of 
song. 

10: 15 to 10:45, recitation of the lesson. 

10:45 to 10:50. children's review of the lesson, 
from the Pictorial Leaf Cluster. 

10: 50 to 10:55, Dr ' e f discussion of general ques- 
tions, and reading of'the secretary's report. 

to: 55 to 11, closing song, and closing remarks by 
the Superintendent. 

While the time allotted to the smaller divisions 
will vary somewhat, the time for the three main di- 
visions*,— '.he opening, the rec.tation, and the clos- 
ing, should be rigorously observed. It is better if 
the superintendent be not obliged to teach a class 
himself. His time may be profitably employed in 
a general oversight of the school work. He will 
give a cordial welcome, personally, to 



OR VISITORS 

and make them feel at home in the school, Where 
a class is not properly interested, he should closely 
study the cause, and how to remove it. 

The Pictorial Leaf Cluster should be at the dis- 
posal of the infant class teacher during the recita- 
tion, as it furnishes the best possible means of per- 
manently impressing the young child-mind. At 
the close of the recitation, the same Leaf Cluster 
may be used by the superintendent, in 

THE LESSON REVIEW 

by the primary and infant classes combined. This 
review should be bright and practical, and it can 
be made one of the most interesting and instruct- 
ive features of the school to all, both old and 



THE GOSPEL MESSEIISrG-IErR-. 

young. The primary and infant c'asses should be 
seated near the superintendent's desk, to receive 
the most benefit from the review. The Leaf Cluster 
is necessary to do the review justice, and I regard 
this chart as one of the greatest aids in effective 
Sunday school work with children. Jn the general 
quarterly review, conducted by the superintend- 
ent, nothing else will aid so much to relieve the 
lesson of "dryness," as the Leaf Cluster. 

THE WEEKLY TEACHERS* MEETING, 

to be conducted by the superintendent, is an es 
tial factor of a successful Sunday school. The 
work of the meeting will be 

1. To thoroughly study the Scripture of the fol- 
lowing Sunday's lesson, both as to its meaning and 
its application to us. 

2. To discuss general methods of teaching the 
lesson and conducting the school. 

3. To discuss methods of teaching certain class- 
es, especially of the smaller pupils. 

4. To discuss methods of increasing the interest 
in certain classes, if needed, and to consider espe- 
cial difficulties encountered by any teacher, and 



'to 



l Ik 



Besides the work in the teachers' meeting and in 
the Sunday school sessions, the superintendent 
should be able to give a portion of his time, dur- 
ing the week, to other departments of the school. 
Upon a blackboard, for his especial use in the les- 
son review, he can often make drawings with col- 
ored crayon, illustrating certain features of the les- 
son, and thereby agreeably impress them upon the 
pupil's mind. Where more maps are needed than 
can be purchased, the small map of each quarter 
may easily be transferred to the blackboard, en- 
larged to any desired dimensions, by means of a 
pantograph, which any person, skillful with tools, 
can make, when once he understands the principle 
of its workings. 

If the Sunday school is so unfortunate as to lack 
an able chorister, likely a zealous young sister can 
be induced to gather the children about her and 
give them weekly training in singing. If so, it will 
be but a short time until the children can carry the 
singing, and you have a better hold upon them 
than can be secured in any other way. 

While I have laid stress upon making the Sunday 
school of especial interest to the children, I would 
not, for an instant, suppose the school should not 
be for the older people, as well. It is encourag- 
ing that the Sunday school in many places is well 
attended by the older members, and my observa- 
tion has been that where the children and young 
people are made to thoroughly enjoy the services, 
the older persons join heartily in the interest, also. 

Warrensburg, Mo. 



THE MINISTRATION OF THE SPIRIT."-a Cor. 3: 8. 



In Nine Parts.— Part 6.— Everywhere Present. 

" It is expedient for you that I go away." — John 16: 7. 

In the light in which we have looked at John 14: 
18, " I will come to you," let us look at just a few 
other expressions. First, we will not forget that 
Christ has fulfilled His earthly mission and "was 
received up into heaven," and is set down "on the 
right hand of God " (Mark 16: 19). We will not 
forget that the Father is one with the Son and with 
the Holy Ghost. 

Now let us look at Matt. iS, especially familiar 
to our own people. Notice particularly the prom- 
ise of verse 20, "There am I in the midst." It is 
one of the marks of expediency, that Christ, in the 
Spirit, is everywhere present, but Christ in the 
body, is limited to the body. So it became expe- 
dient that the body be laid aside. 

" There am I in the midst of them.'* How expedi- 
ent! Think of all the services on a Sunday, and 
the Sunday schools, and the two-or-three in-a-room 
companies, all wanting the presence of the Lord! 
Think of them having it! Think of the Lord in a 
human body at one place, and all the other places 
without him! "It is expedient for you that I go 



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away." Think of District Meetings and council, 
meetings in different parts of the United States, and 
in Scandinavia and Asia Minor, and India at th 
same time, and the Spirit of the Lord present an 
ruling in them all. Ah, when we can not undei 
stand, how wise it is to sing: 

" I'd rather walk in the dark with God 

Than go alone in the light; 
I'd rather walk by faith with him 
Than go alone by sight." 
He is there in the midst of His people. Howl 
Not in bodily form such as the apostles sav 
in spiritual form. Is it not simply Christ's other 
self that is in the midst? Is it not God the Ho- 
ly Spirit? 

Let us notice also Matt. 28: 20, " Lo, I am 
you alway, even unto the end of the world." h 
this not simply the blessed "promise of the Fa- 
ther?" No one has seen the body of Christ since 
ten days before the Day of Pentecost. Since the 
it is His Spirit that dwelleth and worketh in us. 1 
it not Christ's other self, the Holy Spirit that 
with us all the days, even unto the end ofth* agt? 

There is a clear distinction between the "prom- 
ise of the Father" and "the blessed hope." The 
promise of the Father (Acts 1: 4) is the pron 
of the Holy Spirit to come upon the waiting 
church in Jerusalem, by which they shall receive 
power from on high, — power to be his witnesses, 
power to work righteousness, power to carry the 
Gospel throughout the world, as he had given 1 
inandment. 

But the blessed hope (Titus 2: 18) refers to the 
second coming of Christ, which is plainly yet i 
the future. I like to tell the people that our ei 
tire Fraternity is looking for Christ's second con 
ing. Are we looking for Him in real earnest? Is 
His Spirit, everywhere present, our moving 
guiding and propelling power? It is true, both 
alike are in the plan and promise of God, but 1 

ually referred to as "the promise of the Fa- 
ther," and the other as " the blessed hope." 

The Spirit everywhere present need not be 
fined to companies. His body is the church truly, 
but the church is made up of individuals. That 
Spirit can dwell in the bodies of the indivic 
ints, in the uttermost parts of the earth, at 
d the same time with all others. "As many as 
e led by the Spirit of God, they are the soi 
God (Rom. 8: 14). 

: a man be led by the Spirit of God he can 
(Rom. 8: 1). That is to say, the Spirit will 
er lead a man to sin, yet he can sin, — then t 
Spirit is fled from him. There needs to be a de 
conviction of the fact that a man who indulges 
t sins, or secret sins of any sort, can not, at the 
ne time, be led of the Spirit of God in any oth- 
matters, nor be used creditably of God ii 
irk, nor be to any degree blessed of God in 
•work, God does not accept a compromise, 
wants clean hearts for his occupying. A heart part- 
ly clean is an abomination before the Lord. A man 
may make a show in the flesh for a time,— he 
appear very humble before men, he may use 

ath words that he is beyond suspicion, he may 
stretch the truth and see apparent success crown 
ifforts, as a result; he may make long public 
prayers and preach logical sermons, yet, if he will- 
igly walks in any error, the Spirit of Christ is not in 
im ( Rom. 8: 9) ; he is yet in the flesh. " They that 
re- in the flesh cannot please God" (Rom. 8: 
They that are after the Spirit do mind the things 
of the Spirit" (Rom. 8: 5). 
Bulsar, India. 



THE PARABLE OF THE VINEYARD. 

BY S. N. McCANN. 
God's Children Inherit Everlasting Life. 

" Every one that hath left houses, or brethren, or siste 
father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my name's sakt. 
shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting 
life." — Matt. 19; 29; 20: 16. 

"The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is e 
life through Jesus Christ our Lord."— Rom. 6: 23. 

Christ says that whosoever forsakes all for hi> 
sake and the Gospel's "shall receive . ,' 



February 6, 1897. 

ie world to come eternal life." Mark 10: 28-30. 
Whoever leaves all for the kingdom of God's 
ike , . shall . . receive . . in the world 
j come life everlasting." Luke 18: 28-30. "For 
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not 
{ yourselves: it is the gift of God." Eph. 2: 8. 

Christ answers Peter's question, in regard to 
what reward persons shall have who forsake all for 
him, by showing that God will reward a hundred- 
fold in this life, and give eternal life to each servant. 
Eternal life becomes an inheritance to all who be- 
come Christians. 

God offers the free gift of heirship, of salvation, 
of eternal life, to every one who accepts Christ, 
man can accept Christ until he is willing to 
walk in the light, until he is willing to do, not his 
own will, but God's will. 

Christ then illustrates this great truth by the 
parable of the vineyard. This parable shows clear- 
ly that no one will get anything from God, who 
does not enter the vineyard. A man may do but 
z work after he gets into the vineyard or he 
may do much work, as time and opportunity are his, 
but he must enter, he must enroll, else he will not 
be counted. A man may do all he can outside of 
vineyard; he may work from early morn to the 
end of the twelfth hour, and it will avail him noth- 
ing. He gets no reward, no gift, no inheritance, 
unless he enters the vineyard. Outside of the vine- 
yard he must depend upon himself, — upon his own 
esources. Outside of the vineyard he works for 
limself and not for another. 

When a man enters the vineyard he depends 
upon the householder, upon another's resources, 
nd not upon his own. He works now not for 
limself, but for another. 

So in the parable, a man must come out of the 
world into the church, into the body of Christ, 
must cease to work for himself and begin to 
work for God, else he cannot be a servant, a child, 
in heir. 

This parable not only shows that a man can not 
get anything from God unless he enters the vine- 
yard. bv.t it also clearly shows that what is given to 
each servant is given as a gift, and not as a reward 
for service. 

A farmer is paying off his hands at the end of a 
year for work. One man has worked twelve 
months, another nine months, another six months, 
another three months, and still another, only one 
ith. If he pays them for their work, will he 
pay them all the same amount? Do you, who hire 
work done, pay a man who works only one hour as 
:h as you pay one who works twelve hours? If 
an commence work at nine o'clock, do you pay 
same wages as if he had commenced at six 
he morning, or at three o'clock P. M.? No, you 
not. You pay according to the number of 
rs, or according to the number of months a man 

If the lesson in this parable were to teach com- 
pensation for labor, the man who worked twelve 
hours would be entitled to more money thai 
one who worked one hour. So it is with the 
who worked nine hours, and with the one who 

irked six hours, as well as with the 
worked three hours. The pay is proportional to 
time each man wrought, if the lesson intended 
to be taught is compensation for labor. 

The great lesson intended is, that eternal life 

gift from God,— an inheritance. No man c 
lave that gift unless he forsakes all, unless he t 
ters the vineyard, the household of God's elect. 

After he enters he is rewarded with eternal 
life,— not for his poor, imperfect service, 
gift from God. This gift is alike to all who enter 
vineyard of the Lord. The reward is not for 
the amount of work, nor for the skill in doing 
work, but because we are in the vineyard. 

This parable is often referred to in order to j 
t'fy the sinner who hopes to enter God's serv 
after he has spent a life of sin. The parable is not 
intended to teach that a man may slight offer after 
°ffer, and then turn to the Lord and find mercy. 

The parable does not teach that a man can spend 
a life in sin and then, at the hour of death, throw 
himself upon God's mercy and find peace. 



THE GOSPEL MESSE1STGEB. 

By inference we might make the parable mean 
that a man could enter God's service in early 
youth, at early manhood, at middle age, when aged, 
or even in declining age. But according to this 
inference, the eleventh hour would be the last 
:. A man would have to come in on the 
th hour, or else be lost. A man who dies at 
24 years of age, would have no chance after 22 
years of age. A man who dies at 36, would have 
no chance after 33. A man who dies at 48, would 
have no chance after 44. A man who dies at 60, 
would have no chance after 55. A man who dies 
at 72, would have no chance after 65. A man who 
dies at 84, would have no chance after 77. 

We believe this parable is often strained, in or- 
der to hold out a promise to the hardened sinner. 
We believe that God's mercy may reach down to 
even the last end of the twelfth hour, but this para- 
ble does not teach mercy, — does not hold out a 
time for entering God's work. 

The great lesson is unmerited favor, but thai fa- 
vor extended only to those who enter the vineyard 
of the Lord, — the household of the elect. 

God's time for every man to enter the vineyard 
is to-day, — not to-morrow. Whenever you hear 
the call, you should no longer stand idle. The call 
may never come to you again if you refuse this 

This parable ought to give courage to us who 
know and fully realize our weakness, our inability, 
to accomplish any appreciable amount of work. 

Tt is not the amount of work, but the forsaking 
of all for Jesus and the Gospel's sake that puts us 
into the vineyard of the Lord. If we are in the 
vineyard of the Lord, we will receive the gift, the 
inheritance, not because of our merit, but be- 
cause of God's goodness. 

Oh the depth of God's goodness, — who can know 
it! If we had to be rewarded according to our 
merit, skill and time would both be reckoned to 
us. But God, in his goodness, reckons to every 
man a penny. Skill and time employed do not en 
ter as factors. The only necessary factor is to bi 
a laborer in the vineyard. "The gift of God is 
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 
6:23. 

When we get the lesson that God intends in a 
parable, we should not strain it, to suit every con- 
ceivable inference. If, in this parable, Jesus only 
illustrates his answer to Peter's question, the mean- 
May we forsake all, heeding God's call, and en- 
ter the vineyard now, that we may be blessed as 
heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus! Eternal life, the 
blessings, the joys, the glories of heaven, are all a 
gift to every man who enters the vineyard. They 
are not the measure of our poor, imperfect work, 
but a gift from God. This is a glorious inheritance 
to us who realize our lack of skill to do work, our 
lack of power, our great inability to accomplish 
what we long to accomplish for our Blessed Mas- 
ter. 

The Lord is blessing us a hundredfold in this life 
for every hour's work in his vineyard. He gives 
to every man eternal life, — that is every man who 
enters the vineyard inherits, but does not merit, 
everlasting life. 

N. Y, Hall, Louisville, Ky. 



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THE WORLD AT OUR DOOR. 

BV J. P HARSHBARGER. 

We are impressed with thoughts respecting the 
above subject, and why there is not more work 
done for the Master. Let us see the members 
about it! 

There is Bro. A.; let us see him firstl "Bro. A., 
what hinders you from doing more effective work? 
You are a man of considerable ability." 

"Well, I will tell you. I would like to do more 
work, but there is Bro. T. He has been superin- 
tending the Sunday school for years. Then there 
is Bro. Z. He has been teaching the Bible class,— 
I hardly know how long. I have no authority to 
say what I shall do, It is the church's work to 
say who shall work, and where and when," 



Next we will see Bro. B., who is a good singer. 

" Well, Bro. B., how is it with you? " 

" I would indeed think it a pleasure to sing, but 
you know Bro. K. has been doing the singing, and 
it seems to annoy him if some one else leads. You 
remember, I went out once, by request of Bro, Y, 
to his appointment, and by some it was thought 
quite out of place." 

Next we see Bro. C. He is a man of considera- 
ble talent and quite active, but his story is, "I am 
always too fast for some, and the result is I am 
left out." 

It would be good to learn something from Bro. 
D. He is quite a promising young brother (if he 
were helped a little). He says, 

" Yes, I think I would like to help. I have al- 
ways felt like working, but never was trusted to 
do anything. Several times I was spoken of with 
regard to work, but it was said, 'He's too much 
like the world." Since that I take a back-seat." 

Thus it goes clear down on the brethren's side. 
Now we will hear from the sisters. 

I begin with Sister E, who is a good, active sister 
(except in church work). 

" Sister, let us hear how it is with you." 

" I have never been asked to do anything special 
in the line of church work, since I came to the 
church. Furthermore, there is Sister M, Sister N, 
and Sister P, who have always taught the classes 
at church, and why should I interfere?" 

Next on the list is Sister F — one that could be 
be used to good advantage in many places. She 
says, " I always took an active part in that other 
church to which I belonged. But since I joined 
the Brethren church I am told the deacon sisters 
are accustomed to attend to most matters, Several 
times I was made to feel as if I had transcended 
my privilege, and since then I keep back." 

But we can't hear it all. Next is Sister G. Her 
story reads thus: 

" I would willingly do more. Yes, I would help 
all I can, if some one would give me a work to do, 
but you know some one is always finding fault, and 
if I do try to do something, as I have tried several 
times, it is said, 'She wants to show herself.' If I 
am given a work I shall try to do it as best I can, 
but I shall never push myself on the church any- 

Lastly, let us see why that young sister is not 
more active or interested. 

" Well, sister, we have called to see you on this 
very important matter of making yourself more 
useful to the cause." 

"Useful? Why, indeed, I have always felt as if 
I should be, and have occasionally tried to be. 
You know my failing is to dress a little too much 
sometimes. Several times I resolved to try to 
work for the Lord and to overcome some of these 
temptations, but I had scarcely begun, till some 
good members say, ' Stop her! ' ' straighten her out, 
or we shall not help the cause one farthing.' I 
mean to work and do right if I can, but please give 

Here we must stop the investigation, but who 
would have thought there was really as much cause 
for all this indifference? If the investigation were 
not more real than imagina-y, we should not stop 
to comment on it, but since some one is responsi- 
ble for this state of affairs, it would be well to look 
into the matter and adjust things accordingly. 

We will now call for the leading thought of this 
article,— "The world at our doors." Tne world is 
at our door, and the question is how to utilize the 
unemployed talents, that the Gospel be given to 
the world, and the church be made stronger for 
Christ. Let the elders, ministers and deacons be- 
gin at home, with the world at their door! Let 
them carefully nurture their flock over which God 
has made them overseers! Let them select proper 
officers for the Sunday school! 

We need drilled workers for the home work, but 
also for the work outside. Then find out how 
many workers can be spared to do work else- 
where (volunteers are best to go out, if suitable). 
After finding out how many can be spared for the 
work of the world at our door, then set them to 
work. 



U 



THCE GOSPEL MESSE1TQBE,. 



February 6, l8oy, 



Next to the home Sunday school look up a mis- 
sion point that should be attended to by extra 
workers. If none are needed at the mission point, 
then a school should be opened at a suitable point 
within the bounds of the home church. If properly 
conducted, there will soon be a call for preaching. 

Again; let no elder or other official despise the 
day of small beginnings, much less say, It is too 
much or too far, or it is too busy a season of the 
year, or that we will get too much on our hands. 
Idleness is the devil's workshop and if idle hands 
are not taught to work, the devil will give us mort 
work to do in the home church than would be re 
quired to be done for Christ abroad, and work, too 
pleasant or profitable. Just see what 



■ proclamation of "the glad tidings of great joy 



to all people." We 
life, and our work will si 
ardor of youth we will 
altar of sacrifice, and pr< 
Christ with the very ze 
risen Godman. Demur 
plify Acts 20: 24, 
Union Deposit, Pa. 



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2. It will cause elders and ministers and deacons 
to stand approved before God at the judgment day. 

3. It will put more missionary zeal into the 
church. 

4. It will furnish workers for the world at our 
door, giving young members something to strength- 
en and build them up. 

J. By furnishing workers for the world at our 
door, it will furnish them for the world at large. 

G Lastly, and not least, it will bring a rich re- 
ward. 

Let no one feel it too much sacrifice to go a 
number of miles to conduct a good Sunday school, 
knowing that for every good work the Lord will 
abundantly reward. Let each elder feel that his 
duty is not discharged until every member works. 
instead of depending upon others to do what he 
should have done himself. 



OUR WORK THE SAME. 



eh Enoch Eby, 
Dearly Beloved i 
Wondbrei; 



Christ:— 
. are the 






and power 
draws all 
the great 1 
We must 
What was 
together ii 
What was 



and joys and glories 
marvelous word in the Bible than this: "God is 
Love." No religion is worth a straw that is not 
summed up in this one word, love. All the at- 
tributes of God center here. Love opened the way 
for the satisfaction of righteousness and holiness. 
" Without controversy great is the mystery of 
Godliness." And this mystery is the very pith 
of our life. It is by the cross that Christ 
men unto Him. John 12: 32. This is 
lagnet by which we win souls to Christ. 
love them into the kingdom of God. 
t that so sweetly and mightily drew us 
Lancaster County a few months ago? 
It that drew you out of your way to visit 
this poor, lonely pen-minister in my humble log 
cottage? Love, love, "THE LOVE OF GOD 
SUED ABROAD IN THE HEART BY THE 
HOLY GHOST." What a blessed hour was that 
which we spent in Christian converse and prayer! 
The memory of it is like ever-fresh fragrance, waft- 
ed from the upper Paradise. Your letter, received 
a few days ago, was as I 
and overflowing with th 
Spirit alone can give. 

Yes, dear brother, the difference between your 
ministry and mine is great— great in form, but not 
in character and purpose. While you are the per- 
sonal servant of the church in all latitudes and 
longitudes of the spiritual Israel, I am confined to 
one little corner, dipping my pen into the blood of 
Christ and sending out His messages of grace and 
comfort and admonition to thousands of hungry 
souls. You and I are doing one work in a different 
way. We are working for Jesus, and with Jesus in 
urging and. beseeching souls to accept and enjoy 
His great salvation. While you plead in public, I 
will use the silent tongue of a "ready writer" to 
win the lost into " the glorious liberty of the chil- 
dren of God." We have a mighty Savior to preach, 
and a perfect and eternal salvation to offer, and we 
may well bt bold and persistent and pathetic in 



xpected as your visit, 
iches which the Holy 



OAL1.10. 

BY G. J. FRRCKEN. 
"Gallio cared for none of Ihose things."— Acts 1 
Thb name of Gallio is not very familial 



/ith the Bible. 



ingtodo 
of conscie 
tuned con 


with religious opinions or 
ice, and therefore would n 
erning what he considered 
nd names;" whether" the r. 


Jesus was 


Messiah or not; whether 



who are not famil 
Gallio? He was the Ron 
ernor of Achaia, when Paul was in Athens, in the 
year of our Lord 53. He was the eldest brother of 
the celebrated Seneca, the stoic philosopher, pre- 
ceptor of young Nero. His original name was 
Marcus Anna:us Novatus; but he had afterward as- 
sumed the name of Lucius Junios Gallio, because 
of his adoption into the family of the rhetorician 
of that name. In his book " De Ira," Seneca 
speaks of him in the highest terms: "Everybody 
loves him and none can help loving him. No hu- 
man being is so pleasant to his friend as he is to 
all men." And the poet Statius also speaks of 
him as "the sweet Gallio," "Affable to all, and be- 
loved by every man." 

Paul was arraigned before him by the Jews, for 
preaching a new religion, the new religion which 
was not recognized by the State; but Gallio dis- 
missed the complaint because he regarded it as a 
a strife of words, and not a question affecting mor- 
als or government. (Verse 15, 16.) Me had noth- 
the concerns 
ot be impor- 
"a question 
person called 
the apostles 

were teaching men to worship God according to 
the law peculiar to the Jews, or whether they were 
unsettling and eradicating the belief of the peoph 
by substituting other views and arguments. H 
was perfectly careless and unconcerned about th. 
Jewish religion, the Christian religion, his religioi 
and religion in general: "Gallio cared for none of 
those things." 

This expression has grown to be a proverb for 
entire indifference to religion, and Gallio hi 
self, — notwithstanding his many virtues and exc 
lent qualities,— stands as the type of those, indiS 
ent to the great concerns of the soul and imm 
tality! As he lived so he died, for Jerome, in I 
"Chronicles of Eusebius," says that he committed 
suicide in the year of our Lord 65, «*. e., twelve years 
after the event already related. What was en- 
graved upon his tomb we know not; but Luke, 
"the beloved physician," has written his epitaph 
for the world to read until the consummation of all 
things, " Gallio cared for none of those things." 

This sinful, Gallio-like spirit has unhappily ex- 
tended in our day from the courts of kings, to the 
huts of the meanest peasants. The fools who 
have said in their hearts: "There is no God," do 
well to " care about none of those things." Such 
indifference is consonant with their principles. 
But what about that vast majority of deists who, 
believing in a Supreme Being, the immortality of 
the soul, an endless life hereafter, yet are perfectly 
unconcerned as to their destiny? What about that 
other majority of professing Christians who, admit- 
ting that the Bible contains all the extant super- 
natural revelations of God, and believing in the In- 
carnation of the Deity and salvation only by the 
ption of Christ, yet willfully, deliberately 
grieve the Spirit of God, and, by their every-day 
fy to themselves the Son of God afresh 
and put him to an open shame?" Why is it that 
these believers " care about none of those things " 
of which they have a full persuasion; live as if 
there were no God to love, to fear and adore; and 
die as if they had no souls to save and fit them for 
the sky? 






God and 
seed-grain 
il success 
:aring for 
appetites, 

/ilted by 



make its fields glad 1 
lime domain of the i 
and desolation. It i 



ver-great- 
nt, digni- 



honest and devout regard for his s 
eternal judgment, leaves out the 
from which all true greatness and all re; 
grow. There is no higher life in merely 
this dying body and pandering to its 
while the soul and its high being are 
starvation and neglect. It is not right life merely 
to till the earth, cover its hills with cattle, 
ith harvests, while all the 
imortal spirit is left to waste 
not right life merely to build 
houses, cities and railways,— to unchair 
prisoned spirit of steam,— to dig up metals and 
pound them into shapes, — while the moral nature 
is abandoned to chance or stagnation, with all i 
nobler treasures neglected, overlaid and lost. It 
not right life merely to become rich, famous, 
even learned, if the momentous things of God and 
immortality are disregarded or despised. What 
matters it to pass, with sublimest brilliancy, through 
the few years of our stay on earth if it must end i 
an eternity of darkness and despair? Better fail 
thousand limes, and fail in everything else than al 
tempt to shape for ourselves a life without God, 
without hope in Christ, and without an interest i 
heaven. No one can afford such an experiment. 
It will unmake us if we try it. It will tun 
into nothingness and our being into an e 
ening curse. We may think it independe 
fied and noble, but we can no more suci 
than we can dwell with devouring fire! 

What young men generally are most 1 
about is capital. They think if they only had capi- 
tal they would accomplish wonders, and so they 
can, if the word be taken in its right sense. They 
understand by it a full and heavy pocket; 
properly, capital does not mean balances in banks, 
bonds and letters of credit. Its true meaning i 
righthead. Young man, if you have this you 
prepared for the business of life, and equipped to 
make the most of it, no matte 

If only the head is right, and the man is not perverse 
or wrong in his upper departments, he has capital, 
and may be sure of triumphant successes. But 
man, who, like Gallio, ignores God and disregards 
the statutes of Deity and moral right, is not 
right mind. He mutilates his being, he d; 
his manhood, he mars the nobility of his nature, he 
throws out of gear his intellectual constitutic 
puts from him that very capital out of which 
his life can become a success. His head 
right. He is in a measure a weakling, an iml 
a moral cripple, a spiritual dwarf; disabled fro 
noblest activities of a proper man, he neve 
be great. What men need to make them me 
firm anchorage on God, a modest, sincere an 
flinching adherence to the laws of righteousne: 
such devotion as would, at any t 
pulse and water with a good c 
sit down at the table of the king 

" Gallio cared for none of those things." Upo 
the gates of hell, Dante Alighieri has engraved 
these words, " There is no hope for tho 
ter here." Upon the same gate we might write, 
" They cared for none of those things." Hell i 
only intended for thieves, murderers, adulterers 

ng of the world," but also for honest, 



e, rather livi 
science, than to 
th a debauched 



loral, respectable 
see that ye refi 
if the righteous 
le ungodly and si 
Smyrna, Asia Mi 



not 



for 



Gallios. Therefore 
lhat speaketh, 
cely be saved, where 
appear?" 



. POINT OF ORDER. 



Years ago, Bro. Quinter stated that we should 
not depart from the regular order of conducting 
religious services without good reasons for it. 
By common usage, and by authority of Annual 
Meeting, the Hymn Book has stood, and still 



February 6, 1897. 



IHE GOSPEL IMUESSIEnSTG-EIR,. 



85 



ship, 



stands, as the book to be used in .publi 
and in all departments of prayer and praise. The 
Sunday School Song Book was designed for the use 
of Sunday schools, and was not intended to super- 
sede the Hymn Book in any sense. The necessity 
of a "preacher's choir" in the opening or closing 
services, of public worship, shows a sad, if not an 
unpardonable neglect of the Hymn Book. Church 
music needs to be taught and practiced, as well as 
Sunday school songs, and each in its proper time and 
place. 

Our Lord, with a scourge of small cords, summa- 
rily dismissed, from the temple area, those who 
made the sacred enclosure a place of merchandise; 
and it would be well to dismiss, from the place of 
our public assemblies and annual gatherings, all 
traffic, whether of medicine, clothing, eye-glasses, 
likenesses, and the like. Does not the Scripture re 
ciuire us to do all things without partiality? Are 



vhich 1 



the 



of the 



those things 

to be made an exception? Let our religious as- 
semblies be wholly devoted to Christ! 

A higher regard for the feelings of our consci- 
entious brethren, for the spiritualty minded, for 
those who revere such precepts as, "Love not the 
world, neither the things that are in the world;" 
and " the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, 
and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of 
the world," — I repeat that a higher regard for those 
who hold to these higher ideals of purity in life 
and separateness from sin, would unite us as a peo- 
ple more in heart, and give us greater spiritual 
power,— a power that would be felt in the church, 
and would make itself known in the world to the 
salvation of souls. Harmony unites little things 



uto greatness; discord < 
Broadway, Va, 



; great things to fall to 



WHAT FRANCIS ADAMS SAID. 

The Christian Cynosure says: "Charles Francis 
Adams was the son of John Quincy Adams, and 
was born in Boston in 1807. He graduated at Har- 
vard in 1825, and began the practice of law in 1828. 
He was a powerful enemy of slavery, and in 1848 
was nominated for Vice President by the Free Soil 
I'arty. He served as a member of Congress from 
1858 to i860. He returned from his ministry to 
England in 1868, and was appointed one of the ar- 
bitrators on the Alabama claims. He died in 1886. 
His views on the lodge question he has expressed 
as follows: 'Every man who takes a Masonic oath 
forbids himself from divulging any criminal act 
unless it might be murder or treason, that may be 
communicated to him under the seal of fraternal 
bond, even though such concealment were to prove 
a burden upon his conscience, and a violation of his 
bounden duty to society and to his God.' " 



A man crossed the Mississippi on the ice; and, 
fearing it was too thin, began to crawl over on 
his hands and knees in great terror; but before he 
gained the opposite shore, all worn out, another 
man drove past him gaily, sitting upon a sled load- 
ed with pig iron. And that is just the way most of 
us go up to the heavenly Canaan, trembling at every 
step lest the promises shall break under our feet, 
when really they are secure enough for us to hold 
up our heads and sing with confidence as we march 
to the better land. 



-QUERISTS' * DEPARTMENT w- 



' take the liberty of writing you, in order to get your views 
in regard to the change of the Sabbath, from the seventh to 
the first day of the week. There is a sect of Seventh Day 
Adventists preaching here, who are shaking the faith of 
many Christians. They believe that the first day of the week 
is the divinely-appointed Lord's Day. Now to obviate the dif- 
leulty that confronts us, will you please publish your views, as 
to when, by whom, and under what circumstances, the change 
vas made? Mrs. Maggis Coble. 

The Sabbath has never been changed from the 
seventh to the first day of the week. Under the 
Old Law, which is now done away with, the sev- 



enth day was the Sabbath, but under the Gospel 
we have the first day of the week. It is simply a 
change of the law. The Jews kept the Sabbath in 
memory of the Lord resting on the seventh day 
after the creation, and in memory of their delivery 
from the Egyptian bondage. The Christian keeps 
the first day of the week in memory of the resur- 
rection of Jesus from the dead. For a full discus- 
sion of this subject, along the line stated, send to 
this office for Dungan's "Sabbath or Lord's Day," 
price 25 cents. It is a book of 104 pages, in paper 
cover, and contains more information than is pos- 
sible to crowd into a newspaper article. But if you 
want to see how little foundation there is to the 
claims of the Seventh Day Adventists, send for 
"Canright's Adventism Refuted." Cloth, gi.oo, 
paper cover, 60 cents. 

"dy, 



By entertainments, we presume, meetings are 
meant. We do not regard it as a question of right 
or wrong, but we gravely doubt the wisdom of the 
practice. It is better not to whet the fleshly appe- 
tites of children, or anybody else, at religious gath- 
erings. Consider the impropriety of following Je- 
sus for the "loaves and fishes." 

Who was the to 

Conrad Beissel probably started the first Sunday 
school in America. At one time he was a mem- 
ber of the Brethren church. Long before the Rev- 
olutionary War the Brethren had regular Sunday 
schools in Pennsylvania, 

How many days were there between the ascension of Christ 
and the Day of Pentecost? E. L. Fahnestock. 

There were ten days between the ascension and 
Pentecost. Pentecost came fifty days after the 
resurrection, and Jesus was with his disciples, off 
and on, for forty days after the resurrection. Acts 
1: 3- 



Deacons should not report matters to the church 
until they are certain that they are in a proper 
shape to come before the church. On this point 
they can not be too careful. If they have any 
doubts about it they would better consult their eld- 
er. Personally, we believe that it would be better 
if the elder should be first apprized ©f all the com- 
plaints the deacons have entrusted to them. 

Please explain 1 Cor. 15: 2g, where it says; "Else what shall 
they do that are baptized for the dead if the dead rise not? " 
Why were they baptised for the dead? Mary B. Peck. 

All who are baptized in the "name of the Son," 
are, so to speak, bapfzed for the dead, for Jesus 
died and was buried. Their baptism is a memorial 
of that death. But if Jesus did not rise, if there 
be no resurrection, why this baptism in the name 
of the dead? The mere fact that that baptism was 
administered in the name of one once dead, is 
proof of the resurrection. The passage is difficult, 
but this is the plausible explanation, to our mind. 
j. h. M. 



^THE i SUNDAY + SCHOOL-^- 



LESSON LIGHT-FLASHES. 
The Prison Opened.— Acts 5: 17-33- 

{Lesson for Feb. 14, 1897.) 

This lesson is almost a direct continuation of 
the last one. The death of Ananias and Sapphira 
brought a feeling of terror to evil-doers, and gave 
additional awe and respect for these God-fearing 
men, and the cause which they were so faithfully 
advocating. Then, too, the beautiful spirit, mani- 
fested by the new converts, greatly recommended 



this new religion to the people. Taking all these 
things together, the whole tidal wave of fear and es- 
teem was turned towards the disciples. The doing 
of signs and wonders was continued by them, and, 
as a result, the whole city and surrounding country 
was stirred up so much so that many were added 
to the church, as well as healed of their bodily in- 
firmities. This greatly troubled the high priest 
and his followers because it led the people away 
from following them to these men,— their preach- 
ing and their doctrine. So much were they affect- 
ed by it that it is said, "They were filled with in- 
dignation and laid their hands on the apostles, and 
put them in the common prison." 

It must have seemed very hard, to be thus treat- 
ed while in the Master's service. But they resisted 
not, feeling that the Lord would be with them 
while in the performance of duty. To them it 
was not too hard to be anywhere they could feel 
that Christ would be with them. Even the prison 
became a place where they had peace of mind and 
the consciousness of being right. They were not 
disappointed, because we are told that "the angel 
of the Lord, by night, opened the prison doors and 
brought them forth." So it always has been, and 
always will be. The Lord will stand by those that 
stand by him. If, by being faithful and doing 
the right, wicked men misuse us and place us in 
unfavorable places, he will see that the doors arc 
opened or he will come in with us, and when he 
is there, it is heaven to be there. 

Some time ago we talked about boldness. Here 
we find it again. These men who spent the night 
in the prison, spent the morning in the temple, do- 
ing again the very thing that caused their impris- 
onment. They went because they were called of 
the Lord, and they were protected because they 
were at the right place. The Lord has promised 
to be with us always, but there arc places where 
Jesus never goes, and where he does not want us 
to go. If we are found in these places we cannot 
expect him to be with us. So, to have Jesus with 
us, we must be very careful where we place our- 
selves. If we were to go into the gambling par- 
lors, dancing-halls or drinking-saloons, we would 
not feel like asking the Lord to be with us because 
we would know that such are not the right places 
for us to be. 

These men, when liberated from prison, went to 
the temple because there was a good place for 
them to do work for the Master. So should it be 
with us. Wherever the Master's work is, there 
should we be. If doing work for him should take 
us to the prison, we should be willing to go, hav 
ing the assurance that the angels of the Lord arc 
always with his people when in the line of duty. 
In all ages of the world, it has been to some, 
"through the prison to the throne." Even in this 
age of Gospel Light, there are places where Chris- 
tian people, who think that they ought to obey 
God rather than men, are cast into prison, and 
some of our brethren beyond the ocean have and, 
perhaps, are now passing through the experience. 
If obeying the Lord leads to the prison, we should 
go cheerfully, because, in this way, the power of 
the Gospel can be preached as successfully as in 
the temple or from the pulpit. It is the effect that 
the Gospel has on our lives that does the best 
preaching. 

To be witnesses for these things we are called. 
We are to witness for right living and right doing, 
for the truth and the power of the Gospel, It is 
the power of God unto salvation, but it can be 
shown and applied to the lives of others only 
through us. Christ lived the way to salvation. So 
must we live it before others, that they may learn 
to live it from the way we live it. If we live this 
life badly, what a sad thing it will be for us and 
for those who try to live it after our living it! 

These are the lessons that we are to learn from 
the Bible and from the teachings emanating there- 
from. Are we doing it in a way that it will be safe 
for others to pattern after us? The disciples did. 
Paul did. All true Christians do, and if we do 
not, we are bad samples of the power of the Gas- 
pel. 



-►THE 4 YOUNQ ♦ PEOPLE* 



OUR MISSIONARY READING CIRCLE. 




TiEB GOSPEL IMIIEiSSIEItsra-IElJS,. 

f any have Circle books they would loan, they 
uld so write our Secretary. She can tell you 
xe they will do good. 

ROBERT MORRISON. 



February 6, 189;, 



A PRAYER. 

Oh, blessed Light, that never was on land or sea. 
But only in the hearts of those who worship Thee. 
Shine on my datkest hours! In thy pure radiance, 
Bathe not my sou) alone, but every faltering sense. 
Till I rise up before Thee, healed and comforted. 
My lips allame with praise, my selfish sorrows dead! 
—Helen M. Late. 



CIRCLE NOTES. 



1 goodly number of additions to 



615, Nettie E. Graybill, Brughs Mill, Va.; 616, 
Nettie H. Woodson, Daleville, Va ; 617, Flora L. 
Moore, Ivester, Iowa; 61S, Cora A. Utz, New Mar- 
ket, Md.; 619, Clara J. Moore, Tiffin, Ohio, Box 34; 
620, Chas. W. Eisenbise, Morrill, Kans.; 621, Scott 
Reed, Ida Grove, Iowa; 622, Mrs. N. H. Dargits, 
Ida Grove, Iowa; 623, Mary C. Swarr, Mountville, 
Pa.; 624, Sadie Poister, Morrill, Kans.; 625, S. S. 
Blough, Johnstown, Pa.; 626, Mary Blough, Johns- 
town, Pa.; 617, Mattie Wertz, Johnstown, Pa.; 628, 
V. E. Mineely, Johnstown, Pa.; 629, Annie Mineely, 
Johnstown, Pa.; 630, Jacob Mineely, Johnstown, Pa.; 
631, Lizzie Mineely, Johnstown, Pa.; 632, Mary 
Mineely, Johnstown, Pa.; 633, Myrtle Mineely, 
Johnstown, Pa. 



Bro. J. W. Cline, Superintendent of the Breth- 
ren's Mission, recently opened in Philadelphia, 
sends the names of ten young sisters who are or- 
ganizing themselves locally to pursue the Circle 
course of reading, and others. He expresses him- 
self favorable to local organization, says he is very 
much pleased with the books he has read, and 
hopes to complete the course in a few weeks. 

Bro. W. S. Murray, of Hollins, Va., has complet- 
ed half the course in about six months and has 
read some of the books twice. He says the read- 
ing of these books has awakened within him a de- 
sire for the salvation of others, such as nothing else 
that he has ever read or listened to has done. He 
thinks that the reading of such literature will give 
us a missionary zeal that will yet command the ad- 
miration of our most thrifty contemporaries. 

This week we send to the publishers an article on 
Robert Morrison, written by sister Bertha M 
Neher, of Fruitdale, Ala., author of a* most excel- 
lent book for children, entitled, "Among the 
Giants." Our readers will be interested in what 
sister Neber found in the reading of the life of 
Robert Morrison. We hope to have more articles 
from Circle members soon. 



Robert Morrison, the first Protestant 
ary to China, was born in Morpeth, England, Jan. 
5, 1782, and died at Canton, China, Aug. I, 1834. 
During his boyhood he was carefully educated in 
the Scriptures by his i-astor, Mr. Hutton, and after 
his conversion he continued his studies of the 
Word of God till 1802, when he expressed a desire 
to become a minister. With the great and noble 
object of benefiting his fellow men, he soon offered 
his services to the London Missionary Society and 
expressed his willingness to go to any part of the 
world to which they saw fit to send him. During 
this time he prayed that the post selected for him 
might be a difficult one and that he might have 
souls for his hire. 

Up to this time there had never been any Protes- 
tant missionaries in China, so, after due delibera- 
tion, this post was assigned to Morrison, who at 
once set to work to learn this difficult language. 

He sailed for China in 1807, and, for twenty-sev- 
en years, labored in that distant heathen land 
against almost unspeakable difficulties. China, at 
that time, was not friendly to strangers, especially 
those who came teaching new religions, and it was 
only by hard work and repeated efforts that he was 
able to gain a foothold there. Among his most la- 
borious works was the translation of the Bible into 
the Chinese language, the compilation of an Anglo- 
Chinese Dictionary, at which he worked for six- 
teen years, writing and circulating hundreds of 
tracts in Chinese, and the founding of an Anglo- 
Chinese college, at Malacca. 

Whenever this noble man saw an opening for 
good work, he spared neither his means nor his la- 
bor to accomplish good. His life was an unbroken 
course of self-sacrificing effort for the attainment of 
the great end he had set before him from the be- 
ginning of his student course,— the salvation of the 
heathen. The work he accomplished will always 
remain as a monument of his untiring and patient 
industry. 

His character was one that might well be imitat- 
ed by every Christian. He had a strong love of 
knowledge; he was always conscientious in his 
work; he had an almost inexhaustible supply of pa- 
tience, perseverance and plodding industry; and all 
his thoughts, words and actions were characterized 
by his great love for Christ, and zeal for his cause. 

During his long labor he baptized but few, but 
those that he did baptize gave him no cause to 
mourn over their deficiencies, for they seemed to 
be thoroughly reformed and became good workers. 
Morrison's persecutions were such that about the 
only way to reach the people was through the 
press, but he labored on without once faltering, and 
did all he could, and he lives to-day in the deep 
d growing interest manifested in the conversion 
of the Chinese Empire. 

e influence of such a life and character, as that 
of Robert Morrison, can never die, but will contin- 
ue to grow and bear fruit through all time, and the 
results will only be known in a never-ending eterni- 
ty- 

By a careful study of the life of this great " apos- 
tle to the Chinese " we are led to see what a great 
work may. be accomplished by one consecrated 
man, and we are made to wonder why there are not 
more such. Why do so many of us call ourselves 
"Christians," yet manifest such a reluctance to 
make any sacrifices for the cause? Many, who 
have beautiful homes and plenty of the comforts 
and luxuries of life, even refuse to give to the mis- 
sionary cause when they might do so without caus- 
ng themselves any inconvenience whatever, yet we 
tay we love Christ and want to see the world con- 
verted. Can these things be? If we love God will 
not be willing to work for him in some way? 
r wishes without our works will never bring the 



no; 



heathen to Christ. "What doth it profit, my breth 
ren, though a man say he hath faith and have 
works? Can faith save him? For as the bod 
without the spirit is dead, so faith without works i 
dead." James 2: 14, 26, 
Fruitdale, Ala. 



A FATAL MISTAKE. 



GEORGE BANKERT. 



I AM a young member of the Brethren church, 
vith few opportunities to attend the meetings 
ng located at a distance from my church. I ; 
niller by accident, and an engineer by desir 
lave charge of a mill, where water is the mo- 
tive power. We have a mill-dam across a stream 
of considerable size. 

A few days ago a young man thought he v. 
cross this stream in a boat. He being above 
dam and in the bend of the stream, thought the 
boat would float over to the other side. He never 
had run a boat before, and the boat was 
equipped with perpetual motion, therefore the 
rent took it down to the dam, where, as it see 
to the young man, he would meet a horrible death. 
He worked his oars first one way, then anothe 
At last he called for help, but too late! The swil 
current carried boat and man to the falls, over that 
dam. At the very brink of the falls he was heard, 
by the writer, to cry out, " Oh, I am gone! " 

Oh, that piercing cry that makes a person's heart 
beat in anguish! Oh, to hear and see this picture 
in reality! But this young man left the boat just a 
it went over the falls, and caught on the dan 
Willing hands soon had him out of danger. 

So it is with some people who join church. 
They simply get in and float down stream, and 
eventually go over the falls. We must know more, 
do more, and ask for help before it is too late. 
The young members need the help of the older 
at times. This world, and, in particular, this 
n, is becoming very wicked, and full of temp- 
tations to the young convert. Sometimes it is 
difficult matter to keep " pure." Brethren, remer 
ber the sheep that are in danger of the '" wolf 
May the Lord bless all, and may we be strong 
the "faith," and labor, by our united efforts, for the 
enlargement of our church! May we keep it as 
claim it should be, — in purity! Let us " prac 
what we preach," and preach from the Bible! 
', III. 



WRITING FOR THE PRESS. 

One of our exchanges makes this good sugges- 
tion: 

In our " Suggestions to Correspondents" is the 
following: " Do not crowd the lines closely togeth- 
er. It makes the typesetter sick at heart to find 
two lines in the space which one should occupy." 
The reason why it annoys the typesetter to find 
lines crowded together is because, to make speed in 
his work, requires that he shall be able to get a line, 
and, if possible, a full sentence in his mind by a sin- 
gle glance at the manuscript. But this he cannot 
do if the lines are crowded more closely than the 
ordinary ruling on paper, commonly used for writ- 
ing. If correspondents write on unruled paper 
they should try to keep their lines about as widely 
separated as the ordinary ruling requires. The 
typesetter generally needs to have his manuscript 
about a foot and a half from his eyes while he i" 
work. Wi'h this explanation given we trust t 
we shall not find it necessary to make mention 
thereof again, unless for the benefit of new con 
pondents who may not see what is now submitted 
on this subject. 



There is a Japanese Christian who puts on his 
door the following notice every morning before he 
starts for his day's work, which is far from his 
home: " I am a Christian, and if any one likes to 
go in and read my book while I am out, he may." 
What a simple and original way of obeying the di 
rection, " Let him that heareth say, Come." 



February 6, IS07. 



THE GOSPEL MZESSElsTG-BJie,. 



87 



General Missionary * Tract Department 



MOTTO FOR THE YEAR. — "Upon the first 
tl«U of the week let every one of you lay by him in 
z, as God hath prospered him."—l Cor. 10: 2. 



Bv far the larger part of the Brethren are en- 
aged in farming, and the time for planning, for the 



coming season, 



at hand. What 



plans for the garden, the truck-patch, the farm? 
Will you do, as some have done, in past seasons 
nd set apart a portion of the ground, the product 
of which will be disposed of to the best advantage 
for the Lord's cause? Or will you encourage your 
children to take some plan to rai^e funds, by their 
own little hands, for the sake of others needing the 
Gospel? 

In some places remarkable success has been had, 
by giving the children of a Sunday school class a 
certain amount of money to invest as they choose 
during the summer, and in the fall report their earn- 
s therewith. What phenomenal success could be 
made from entire Sunday schools, old and young, 
following some similar plan, can only be learned 
by a number of schools trying it with a zeal worthy 
of the cause. A few examples are given to stimu- 
late, if possible, many others, to adopt some plan 
for the coming year. 



to invest the dime as they thought best, to make the 
most money for the cause, and I would expect 
them to report the last Sunday of the year. On 
the appointed Sunday all were present but three 
little boys and one girl; two of these reported later. 
One simply handed the dime back. Five boys and 
five girls' made the amount, including the dimes I 
gave them. From what these children have done 
it can readily be seen what the church could do if 
she were aroused to a proper sense of her duty. — 
B. Neff," ^ 

A plan for raising money among the little folks, 
something like those mentioned above, is to be set 
on foot in the Young Disciple inside of a few weeks, 
and the money thus raised, and sent as directed in 
that paper, is to be reported in its columns, for the 
encouragt-ment of the children. While arranging 
for what we have suggested, have the little people 
watch for what the Young Disciple will say. 



sixty tract tablets were shipped to 
Bridgewater, Va., where they will be used in mis- 
sion work. While some persons do not like to 
have a tract on the other side of the sheet of their 
letter, many say it is a most excellent way to dis- 
tribute tracts. The tablet is so arranged that a let- 
ter of sixteen pages can be written before there is a 
repetition of any one tract. 



Four of S. I. Newcomer's children, on a farm, 
near Lanark, 111., made an effort to see what each 
one could do to raise products and sell them for 
mission work. Leo raised a patch of onions and 
sold them for 75 cents. Edna had a patch of pota- 
toes, and received 50 eents. Their mother permit- 
ted Hope and Floyd to have the eggs, gathered on 
Sunday, and from them they realized $3.^5. In all 
S4.50 was given to the mission fund. But that was 
only a part of the good done. The children were 
deeply interested in the work all the summer 
through. 

Neak Saxton, Bedford Co., Pa., is a little boy, 
named Lewis- Reed. His mother gave him a small 
portion of ground, to raise something for the nvs- 
sion work. He dug the ground, planted potatoes, 
and raised two bushels, which he sold for twenty- 
five cents each, and enclosed the amount for foreign 



letter is gi\ 



it 



'En- 



closed you will find $15.26, to be used one-half for 
the Smyrna Orphanage and the other for the Breth- 
ren's Mission in Chicago, and credit the Fairview 
Sunday school, Iowa, per O. W. Leavell. This is the 
out-growth of each scholar investing a nickel at the 
beginning of our school, April I. The interest mani- 
fested last Sunday, when we decided to send it to 
Smyrna and Chicago, would have moved each indi- 
vidual, who is not interested in missions, if he could 
have been present." 



Ano 



: lette 



ie from the Roann Sunday 
school, Ind.: " You will find enclosed $i for the In- 
dia Mission. We raised the amount in rather a pe- 
culiar way. On the first Sunday in January I told 
our Superintendent to invite the little children of 
our school to take the front seat and I would give 
them a short talk. I told them of some of the ad- 
vantages they have over the many little boys and 
girls in heathen lands, and asked how many of 
them would like to do something to help send the 
Bible to them if I would give them a plan. Hands 
went up, eyes sparkled, and they were ready to 
hear the plan. I told them I would give a dime to 
every one that wanted to work for one year. I 
soon was rid of thirteen dimes. I instructed them 



The Protestant church has been in Korea for just 
ten years. During that time forty-two regular con- 
gregations have been organized, having five hun- 
dred and twenty-eight communicants, and nine 
Sunday schools are in progress, with four hundred 
and fifty-five scholars. Six of the churches have 
native pastors, and last year their contributions, for 
the progress of the Lord's work, amounted to < 
Si ,ooo. 

BULSAR NOTES. 

BY W. B. STOVER. 

— The pleasantest days of the year have come, 
and missionaries all over India are losing no time 
in preaching the Gospel to the villages round 
about, and even to them that are afar off. We, our- 
selves, go preaching now twice a day, on the streets, 
in the markets, in the shade of some wide-spread- 
ing banyan tree, or on the banks of a big tank. 
Sometimes we stand and preach to a crowd of sev- 
eral hundred all around us, and sometimes we sit 
on the grass and preach to a dozen or score sitting 
before us. We often tell the story to one or two. 
The Holy Spirit gives us considerable freedom in 
the vernacular, and we are glad in the Lord to tell 
out the story in humble boldness and without the 
least fear of any man. 

— A native family lives not far from us whose 
child died. They thought they would stay the 
hand of death from future children by the names 
they would give them. So now they have two chil- 
dren whose names are " Dhed " and " Bungi," 
which practically means " Low-caste " and " Out- 
caste." It is needless to say the boys are thriving, 
but after they grow up the parents say they will 
give them new names. 

—The time we were to go to the village and 
preach to them five days, has been postponed. 
Two men from that viUage walked about four miles 
to our bungalow to buy a New Testament and pre- 
sent us with some eggs and bananas. On the way 
here at least a dozen different persons accosted them 
with: " Where are you going t " They said plainly, 
"To the Sahib's house." Then they were told, 
"Ah, don't go there; they will kill you." "Don't 
go there; they will give you chloroform," "Don't 
be a fool. Go home," etc., etc. But the men did 
come. One had a boil,— we put a bread-and-milk 
poultice on that. The other's friend had a sore 
leg, and we sent some medicine for him. We told 
them more about Jesus. They bought a Testament, 
and went away, convinced that these Christians are 
not so bad after all. 



— Sometimes some who write occasionally for the 

essenqer find a sentence or thought changed 
when it appears in print. Not discussing the ques- 
tion at all, I was forcibly convinced the other day 
that writers to other papers share the same fate, 
re was a picture in the New York Missionary Al- 
■e, — a group of low-caste people of India, and 
these words, "A Chimneysweeper and Family." 
The Sweeper is one of the lowest castes in this coun- 
try. That comes from the nature of his work, 
which is not well defined in the word " sweeper." 
The added word, "chimney." furnishes some amuse- 
ment, when we reflect that not one house in a 
thousand has a chimney in India. It was probably 
originally written " A Sweeper and Family." 

— One day last week, when preaching in a village 
near the sea, we saw Venus come close and closer 
to the moon. I saw they were in direct line. We 
watched them till Venus disappeared behind the 
moon, and the moon, a few minutes later, dropped 
into the sea. The natives said that Venus was eaten 
by the moon. We talked to them then of the great 
plans and works of the Living God. 

Bulsar, Ind., Dec. 18. 



MISSION WORK IN SOUTHERN PENNSYLVANIA. 

BY W. A. ANTHONY. 

Noticing in the Gospel Messenger that the vari- 
ous State Districts should be heard from, relative 
to mission work, I will give a brief report of the 
work in Southern Pennsylvania. 

We have three mission points established, and 
have in contemplation the fourth. The one is in 
Juniata County, and was but recently opened. The 
prospects are encouraging The second one is near 
Dillsburg, York County. We have done a fairly 
good work there, — judged from a human stand- 
point. We have much opposition and many odds 
to work against. The opposition comes largely 
from those within. May God speed the day when 
we may all see alike, in reference to missionary 
work, and, instead of using our influence against, 
just throw all our energy, talent and soul into the 
work of missions. Then we would realize glorious 
results. 

Our third point is in Fulton County. The Mis- 
sion Board has given it into my charge for one 
year, dating from March, 1896. We gave them a 
ten days' meeting in the spring, and three meetings 
every four weeks since. It is a valley about fifteen 
miles long and about five miles wide at the widest. 
There is not one Brethren's church, and the Breth- 
ren are almost strangers to many. They are as 
kind and hospitable people as I ever met with, and 
receive us kindly. We have baptized some, and 
contemplate building a church in the spring. Last 
Sunday I had two appointments, — one at the north- 
ern end, where we have been preaching, and, for 
the first time, one at the southern end. Elders Ja- 
cob Snyder and Daniel Baker, of Waynesboro, 
filled the northern appointment, and the writer, ac- 
companied and assisted by Bro. Abner Brindle,— 
one of our deacons,— filled the southern appoint- 
ment. We had a pleasant day. The house was 
packed with people and the yard full of buggies, 
fi led with people who waited until after, services, 
when we repaired to the water, — a mile distant, — 
and buried three precious souls in holy baptism. 
It was said to be one of the largest gatherings that 
ever assembled in the valley on a similar occasion. 
Many tears were shed, and many earnest entreaties 
given us, to return again. Truly "the harvest is 
great but the laborers are few." We returned last 
night over the mountain,— a distance of twenty-five 
miles, and to-day we are laboring for our temporal 
wants. Our greatest need just now is more breth- 
ren who are willing to say, " Here am I; send me." 



To be religious is not to be 
a dreamer of dreams. It is n 
the Mount of Transfiguration, 
nature which God has given you, 
service by using it for your iellow 



of visions and 



the gospel MZESSErrsra-EiR,. 



The Gospel Messenger, 

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Tub Brethren's Publishing Co., 
Mount Morris, Illinois. 



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). H. Moore Office Editor. 

JoseI'H Amick, Business Manager, 






I.KilJv 



.Hon. Keep yc 






JVlount Morris, III., February 6, 1807. 



Bro. John F. Driver closed a ser es of meetings 
at the Mt. /.ion church. Va.. with five accessions. 



We learn that Bro. Daniel Wolf, one of the eld- 
ers in the Manor church, Maryland, is in quite 
feeble health. 

Those who send church news must not ask us to 
withhold their names from the printed reports. It 
is not our way of doing. 



Bro, C. C. Root still continues his meetings at 
Circleville, Kans. Twelve have been baptized, and 
one awaits the initiatory rite. 



Bko. I. D. Parker closed his series of meetings 
at Lordsburg, Cal., with eighteen accessions. He 
is booked for another series of meetings at Glen- 
dora, which is probably in progress by this time. 

Bko. ]. W. Tkostle should now be addressed at 
Compton, Cal., where he is permanently located. 
He seems to enjoy life on the Pacific Coast. His 
brother, Levi Trostle, was with him at the time he 
wrote. 

Bro. ], Kurtz Miller writes us of a series of 
meetings he has just closed at Huntsdale, Cumber- 
land Co., Pa., with eleven confessions and one re- 
claimed. Five have been baptized, and the rest 
will be baptized soon. 



Bro. I. D. Parker writes us that the Brethren's 
Mission orange grove, in California, is turning out 
some fine oranges this year, and that they are bring- 
ing fancy prices. The fruit is regarded as the finest 
in the market, and shows that the grove is a valua- 
ble piece of property. Our readers are aware that 
it came to the Committee largely as a donation. 



After sending much help to the Western suffer- 
ers, from time to time, it is now gratifying to learn 
that the State of Nebraska is preparing to make a 
free will offering of many car-loads of grain for 
the benefit of the hungry in Chicago, and the 
starving millions in India. We congratulate our 
brethren, along with others, for being in a condi- 
tion to render aid to others. 



life-long 



Parents, if you want to do you 
favor, early in life place in their 
book against secret societies. \._ 
mend -Hand- Book of Freemasonry," by eTr'o- 
nayne, price, 50 cents. It may be ordered from this 
office. Then the " History of the Abduction and 
Murder of Capt. Wm. Morgan," price, 25 cents, is 
a startling publication. The boy who reads it will 
never lorget it. It can also be ordered from the 
Messenger office. 



jce the begii 
baptized ir 



of the 
adelph 



yea 






th( 



number, a minister, who, for some time, has been 
seeking additional light respecting the true or- 
der of worship. There are eight yet awaiting bap- 
tism. 

A LAoy who has lived in the city of Jerusalem 
forty years, reports that the population of the city 
is rapidly increasing, and the increase would 
doubtless be far greater were it not for the discour- 
aging attitude of the Turkish authorities. They 
seem opposed to anything that may improve and 
advance the interests of the country. 

Fro 



the famine-stricken regions of India the 
news is disheartening. People are starving by the 
thousands, while the terrible plague is still playing 
havoc in Bombay and other places. Great efforts 
are being made to save the starving, but the calam- 
ity is on such a large scale that millions will prob- 
ably die before help can reach them. 



One dsy last week we received a letter contair 
ing a draft, but the writer forgot to sign his nam 
to his order. The same day another letter came 
containing an order for the paper, with pay, but th 
writer failed to give either his post-office, State, 
name. This is a very common occurrence in an of 
flee like this. It is remarkable how many careles 
people there are in this world. 



Sister Libbie Shearer, Chenowith, Washington, 
writes that she united with the Brethren church 
when fourteen years old, and though isolated, feels 
to strive for a greater degree of holiness. She is in 
deep sorrow because her husband has been taken 
from her by the hand of death, and, while earnestly 
craving the prayers of others in her behalf, it is her 
desire that some of our ministers visit that part of 
the Pacific Coast and preach the Gospel to her 
neighbors. 

A telegram, which gives no particulars, informs 
us that Eld. J. F. Oiler, of Waynesboro, Pa., died 
in Baltimore, last Saturday morning. This news 
will be received with sadness in all parts of the 
Brotherhood. Bro. Oiler was one of our most 
skillful elders in the East. He was not so widely 
known as an able preacher, but he knew how to 
handle a large church, and keep the members thor- 
oughly interested in the Lord's work. His death 
will prove a great loss to the cause in Pennsylvania. 
For our next issue we hope to have further par- 
ticulars concerning his life and death. 



We 



ked to write more on the Sabbath 
question for the benefit of some who are weak in 
the faith. We suggest that Bro. I. J. Rosenber- 
ger's pamphlet, "The Sabbath and the Lord's 
Day," be widely distributed in localities where the 
minds of the people are disturbed on this question. 
It is a pamphlet of twenty-eight pages, and may be 
had for six cents, or S2.50 a hundred. Address 
General Missionary and Tract Committee, Mt. 
Morris, 111. It something more extensive is need- 
ed, send us St. 50 for Canright's "Seventh Day Ad- 
ventism Renounced." The reading of this book 
ought to satisfy any one on the Sabbath question. 
The same may be had in paper cover, for sixty 
cents. The Si 00 book is well printed, and neatly 
bound in cloth. 



Several times we have called attention to the 
fact that all matter, intended for the various de 
partments of the paper, be written on separate 
sheets, and properly designated. The importance 
of this is again brought to mind by a request that 
we omit the name of Bro. F. M. Day, Stone, Ore- 
gon, from the ministerial list. The name was sent 
on the same sheet with a correction, marked "Al- 
manac," hence, we supposing that both names were 
intended for the ministerial list, it was inserted ac- 
cordingly. Had it been written on a separate sheet, 
and its purpose designated, the name would not 
have appeared in the list. We regret the mistake, 
and will see that the correction is made in the Al- 
manac for 1893. We wish to say that Bro. F. M. 
Day is in no way responsible for his name appear- 
ing in the list. 



nd type-w 



itten 

ipositors 



nd proof 



onfer a great favor oh i 

eader by not having the lines too close togethe 
ilways leave double space between the lines, an 
ever, under any circumstances, write on mot 
nan one side of the paper. 



Tit 



the Ro 



general, who conducted the 



siege against Jerusalem, and captured the city A. 
D. 70, was not only an accomp'ished scholar, but i 
said to have been an expert as a shorthand writer. 
While shorthand was not then as extensively used 
as now, still it was more or less employed, 
knowledge of this fact enables us to account, 
a natural way, for some of the excellent discourses 
found recorded in the Sacred Scriptu 



Sister Lena M. Wiband, 336 West Monro. 
Chicago, writes us of the great distress prevailing 
among the poor in that city, in consequence of the 
late severe cold spell of weather, and wishe 
readers to bear in mind, that sister Lizzie Howe, 
660 South Ashland Ave,, is in a position to > 
tribute su-h food and clothing among the suf 
ing as may be sent to her. We should most assur- 
edly not forget the poor. This notice should ha' 
appeared in last issue, but it reached us just 01 
day too late for that paper. 



Bro. Fercken is often very much annoyed by 
those who write him and do not place suffi 
postage on their communications. Triis mak 
necessary for him to pay double postage, which 
means, as a rule, not less than ten cents on a letter. 
He writes that he must send sixty cents to Wash- 
ington for a package detained there for the lack o[ 
postage. This is telling on his pocket-book, and 
people ought not to put him to such great incoc 
veniences. No letter should be mailed to hii 
bearing less than five cents postage. The better 
way is to have your postmaster weigh every letter 
sent, for five cents will not carry a communication 
weighing over one-half ounce. Some people write 
him in this careless manner who ought to know 
better. Then be careful about his address. This 
is a very safe way to address him: 

Bishop G. J. Fercken, 
By Open Mail via London. Asia Mir 



Bro. David Long, Bishop of the Manor con 
gation, Maryland, passed away Jan, 23. He 
widely known among our people, and spent a 1 
and useful life earnestly laboring for the cause 
Christianity. He was one of the pillars of the 
church in his day and wielded a wide influi 
He was born Jan. 29, 1820, and was consequently 
nearly seventy-seven years old at the time of his 
death. He was a member of the church over fifty 
years, commenced preaching when thirty yea 
age, and has done much in the way of building 
up the cause in the Western District of Maryland 
and elsewhere. He has served on the Stan 
Committee a number of times, and his. good c_ 
sel was highly appreciated. Bro. Long leaves 
eleven children, three of whom are ministers. He 
died from an attack of la grippe. His funeral took 
place Jan. 26, at the Manor church, and was very 
largely attended, Bro. D. F. StouHer officiating. 
His remains were laid to rest in the graveyard 
joining the church. It is evident that one of our 
strongest men in Maryland has fallen, and we feel 
that his work was well done. He will long be re- 
membered as a devout and zealous advocate ol 
primitive Christianity. 



RESISTING THE SPIRIT. 

There were a number of preachers at Antioch, 
but the Holy Ghost demanded that Barnabas and 
Saul, from among them, should be set apart for the 
special work for which the Lord had called them. 
(Acts 13: 2.) This seems to have pleased the 
brethren, for they at once laid hands on the two 
preachers and sent them away. Without hesitat- 
ing one moment, the church yielded to the influ- 
ence of the Spirit, and a grand work was the re- 



February 6, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL ZMIZESSEHSra-E-Ei. 



suit, for these devout preachers visited many cities 
preached the Gospel and established churches. 

What would have been the consequence had this 
church refused to respond to the demands of th( 
Spirit? Thousands of sinners might have beer 
lost, and the church at Antioch wasted away. As 
we consider this lesson we are led to wonder if 
there are any churches in the Brotherhood that are 
resisting the promptings of the Holy Ghost along 
this line! Are they not told that the harvest is 
great, the laborers are few, and that the Lord wants 
more laborers in his fields? Have they not- been 
told, time and again, and that even by the Annual 
Conference, that the churches having suitable men 
for work on the mission fieWs, should hold elec- 
tions, and call these men to the ministry? Well, 
how many of them have responded to this call? 
The scarcity of workers to send to the different 
fields tells the sad story. 

Years ago there was a call for preaching the Gos- 
pel in Denmark. The call came to a congregation 
that at once yielded to the solicitations of the Spir- 
it, and a minister was sent, though one had to be 
elected especially for the occasion. The door of 
faith was opened to the people in Denmark, Swe- 
den and Norway, and glorious has been the result. 
But what would have been the consequence if that 
call had come to a church unwilling to heed it? It 
is startling to contemplate what might have been 
the final outcome of such a course. A dozen 
churches came to the assistance of that congrega- 
tion, and when the determination to send the Gos- 
pel to those needing more light was made known, 
hundreds responded to the call. Would we think 
for one moment that the Holy Ghost had nothing 
to do with this movement? Most assuredly he was 
behind it, and prompted those who led out, and 
helped to inspire others. 

But there came another period when it was 
deemed proper to send missionaries to India and 
Asia Minor. The calls " came to churches that 
yielded to the pressure of the Spirit. A few doubt- 
ed the wisdom of the course, but the mission spirit 
prevailed, and now the faithful workers are in their 
fields and souls are being gathe 
But what if these calls had come 
take no interest in preaching th 
lands? What if these n 



more fully to the influence of the Spirit along the 
line suggested in this communication! Scores of 
workers, not now specially employed, would be 
called into action. More attention would be given 
to the advancing of men that should be endorsed 
encouraged in the work entrusted to them, 
re would not be so many flocks without shep- 
Is, nor would there be so many isolated groups 
nembers without preachers. We would have 



THE OTHER SIDE. 






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inisters at work, 
; the same meeting, 
ders carefully study the 



d three Sunday 
one. We would have 
but not so many of th> 
We suggest that ou 
Acts of the Apostles anew, and see if it is not wise 
that we should cultivate a still greater acquaintance 
with the Spirit, in order that we may yield more 
readily to his influence. It is certainly a dangerous 
thing to be constantly resisting the influence and 
promptings of the Spirit. J. h. m. 



THE COLLAPSE OF F0RE1QN MISSIONS. 



ue of the Gospel 
to say about the 
ents by 



d into the 

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Gospel in 

had liv 



i not willing to endorse then 



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I have just read in the 
Messenger what Dr. Pie 
collapse of Foreign Mi 
the Office Editor. There is in the article much 
food for thought. The inside workings of the For- 
eign Missions of many of the Societies now operat- 
ing in heathen lands has never been written, and he 
who writes will be set down as a crank opposed to 
giving the Gospel to the heathen. No one who 
has had opportunity to see how the work is done 
will deny the statement that in many cases there is 
extravagance and much waste of the Lord's mon- 
ey. 

It is not the purpose, at this time, to give details 



cost 



of the Mis- 
n a contrast 
spending in 
the way of 
conversation 
cost of mis- 
s had their 



the field, 



congregat 
them go? 

May there not be places now where workers are 
held back? May there not be those who are fully 
competent for mission work, and quite willing to 
spend their lives for that purpose, and yet they 
cannot be sent because of opposing elements that 
should not exist? Then may there not be in some 
localities good, unemployed material, that would at 
once be wisely utilized in the Lord's vineyard, if it 
could only be transferred to those localities where 
the members are in sympathy with this line of 
work? We throw out these hints for the serious 
consideration of the earnest thinkers in all parts of 
the Brotherhood. 

These considerations lead us to remark, that the 
Spirit can do more with some churches than with 
others, as well as it can do more with some people 
and preachers than with others. When the Spirit 
at Joppa told Peter to go with the men sent by Cor- 
nelius, drjubting nothing, he hesitated not a mo- 
ment. And when the Spirit in the house of the de- 
vout centurion indicated to Peter that the door of 
faith was now open to the Gentiles, as well as to 
the Jews, he faltered not, but immediately arranged 
for receiving the penitent ones into the church by 
baptism. He was a man who yielded to the im- 
pulses of the Spirit. And what is here said of Pe- 
ter is equally true of other preachers, as well as the 
churches in the apostolic times. 

What a glorious work might be accomplished by 
the Brethren church, were we disposed to yield 



few weeks ago 
i of people who, i 
always saying, " 
! then it has be 
: at the other sid 



e took a look at a certain 
their actions and speaking, 
he old is the better," and 
suggested that we take a 
and give a glimpse of those 



ngling for the new. 
e extremes on both 



as to the real conditions found in soi 
sions in foreign countries, but to d 
between what our own missionaries i 
India and what some otl 
compensation for their wc 
with a missionary in Bombay, 
sions, the fact that our m 
actual expenses paid, and 
ing them, $175, for each one 
fe'rred to. Our friend expressed much surprise at 
the statement and said in reply, " I am not one of 
your cheap missionaries. My Board pays me 
twelve hundred and fifty dollars per year." When 
it is known that the cost of living in India is only 
one-half as much as in this country it will be seen 
that the man told the truth. He was not a cheap 
missionary. This statement loses none of its force 
when it is remembered that his salary comes from 
some, at least, who must work for a much less sum 
per year, and, stinting themselves, give that the 
Gospel may be preached to the heathen. 

At Bulsar a missionary was met whose work was 
to visit the stations along the railway, and preach 
to the people, He was a single man. He always 
had a servant with him whose duty it was to carry 
his master's small hand-grip, brush his clothing, 
clean his shoes, and stand behind him at the table 
and hand him such things as he might call for. In 
spite of looking on the best side of this man's way 
of living and spending the money sent out to have 
the Gospel preached, one could not help contrast it 
with the life of the Master who had not whe: 
lay his head. 

It is a real pleasure to note the fact that there 
are many self sacrificing men and women in the 
various Missions, who are spending and being spent 
to raise up the heathen. They do not belong 
to the class who live in luxury and are far re- 
moved from those to whom they are sent to preach. 
Among these it is a real pleasure to class our own 
little missionary band at Bulsar, India, and the 
work of Bro. Fercken in the church at Smyrna. 



who are always calling an, 
Yes, we admit that the 
sides, and that extreme views, no matter where 
found, or by whom held, are always more or less 
dangerous. Of late, we have noticed that there 
seems to be a growing disposition on the part of 
the churches to employ young ministers, and that 
this applies to our own church, as well as others. 
So strongly have these feelings been growing, in 
places, that it is beginning to be an important 
question to know where the "deadline" is, or at 
what age a minister reaches the limit of growing 
usefulness and begins the down-grade march. It 
is, especially, an interesting question to us, as a 
church, because of the advanced age at which some 
of our ministers are called. If this limit be placed 
at fifty years, — and this seems to be a popular 
vote, — then many who have been called, have re- 
ceived the call under very disadvantageous circum- 
stances, because of the lateness of their call, and 
many others, because of having passed the " dead- 
line," might as well hang their harps on the wil- 
lows. 

In the discussion of this subject there arc a num- 
ber of things to be considered that justice may be 
done to all parties. Effects come from causes, and 
these must be looked at and examined. 

There is a period in a man's life when he ceases 
to grow physically, and mentally, as well, The ex- 
tent of this period is not measured in days and 
years. Much depends on circumstances and en- 
vironments, But this date, or period, does not nec- 
essarily end a man's usefulness. As a tree contin- 
ues to bear fruit after obtaining its fullness in size, 
so men may continue to do effective work after 
passing their mental maturity. In many cases the 
fruitage of age and experience has been the very 
sweetest and best,— just as some trees bear the 
best-developed and finest-flavored fruit after they 
cease growing. So it cannot be said that a minis- 
ter, after he has reached his fiftieth or sixtieth 
mile-stone, is ready to be laid on the shelf, or that 
he must be superannuated. While this is not nec- 
essarily so, yet circumstances or public sentiment 
may greatly shorten or determine the period of a 
man's usefulness in the ministry. 

There is no calling in life in which men need so 
much appreciation and encouragement as in the 
ministry. Outside of the consciousness of work- 
ing for God, through the Holy Spirit, there is noth- 
ing that draws out and develops a minister's power 
for good more fully than appreciation of his efforts, 
as he, from time to time, labors in the field into 
which he has been called. Every man, to work to 
his full capacity, must have some kind of an incen- 



nd for* 



fhe 



oth- 



:iated, 



»orld 



tive to lead him 

ing which men hunger for more than ap 
ation,— to feel that their efforts are appre 
and that their work is accomplishing good, 
alone, has made some men a power in the 
for good, while a lack of it has destroyed others,— 
not because of their passing over the dividing line 
made by years, but by their environments and cir- 
cumstances. To-day we have many ministers who 
have passed beyond the line of usefulness,— at least, 
to the extent they should be,— at an early age in 
life; some, because of their own indifference and 
neglect— others because of the sentiment voiced 
by their congregation. It may be, t 
want a young man or, perhaps, a very 
sire for a change. They feel that something 
will be better than the old. 



they 



go 



THE GOSPEL MBSSEKGHB. 



When a feeling of this kind once takes hold of 
the minds of a people, it is almost impossible to 
render satisfaction until the change is made, There 
may be a cause for a feeling of this kind, but it 
should never be shown until every reasonable ef- 
fort has been made to get what is needed without 
making the change, 

In many of the cases where it is thought the 
ministry is not as it should be, by proper encour- 
agement and appreciation, it could be made quite 
efficient. Sometimes we hear ministers say: "I 
preach the Truth, and I don't care what the peo- 
ple think of it." Yes, but you do carel It is all 
right to preach the Truth, and we should not 
preach anything else, but when you do this with 
all the power and ability given by the Spirit, you 
feel much better if you know that it has been re- 
ceived. A man that sows his seed does care 
whether it falls on good ground, on stony ground 
or among thorns. If he were persuaded that it 
would all fall among the* stones and thorns, he 
would not sow at all. He would not have the 
heart to do it,— would you? 

We are not to sow for the sake of sowing, — we 
are not to sow blindly. We do care, — we ought to 
care what the people think of our work, and it is as 
much a duty, on the part of the hearer, to hear, as 
it is for the preacher to preach. If you do not hear, 
you cannot wonder that your preacher does not 
preach. 

Part of the minister's inspiration comes from his 
hearers. If they show an interest in what is being 
said, with ears and eyes open, ready to catch every 
word, the words come much easier than if thrown 
against half-closed eyes, and dull ears. Even the 
Great Teacher seemed to be concerned as to what 
the people thought of his preaching, when he asked 
his disciples: "Whom do men say that I, the Son 

Most of the bad preaching is because of the bad 
hearing. When the hearing is all right, it does not 
matter whether the preacher is old or young. When 
we go to our table it is not the cook that we are 
concerned about so much as the edibles on the ta- 
ble and how they are prepared. If the food is of 
good quality and well prepared we are pleased, — 
satisfied. And who does our best cooking, — our 
aged mother, the girls, or the servant? The one 
that has the most experience, every time. Why 
should not the same hold good in our spiritual 
food? Think a little and come to your own conclu- 

The most bitter and heart-breaking experiences 
some of the Ipreachers of other churches have, is 
when the very significant hint comes to them that 
their ministrations are no more acceptable, and it 
is expected that a resignation is in order. These 
are the things that bring the " dead-line " early, and 
cause men in the prime of manhood to be laid on 
the shelf. We think of a host of ministers who did 
acceptable preaching until they reached the three 
score and ten limit, and the same may be said of 
ministers of other churches. Why was, and is it? 
Because they were " the beloved," and they felt it 
in their lives, in their thinking and in their preach- 
ing. "The beloved John " and "Paul the aged," 
when were they shelved? When their work was 
done,— when the good fight was fought! 

Sometime again we may intimate when a minister 
makes his own " dead line," and ought to be laid 
on the shelf. When a man lays himself there, he 
ought to lie quiet and be satisfied. h. b. b. 

Whenever a brother is elected to the ministry, 
advanced to the second degree, or ordained to the 
eldership, mention of it should be made in the 
Messenger. It is important that our people be 
kept posted on all matters of this kind. 



—v* HOME ♦ AND ♦ FAMILY *— 



MY MOTHER. 



Mother, thy sweet name echoes through my breast 

Like softened melodies of angel choirs; 
Wben, casting their bright crowns at Jesus' feet, 

In wonder at his love, they strike their lyres. 
Mother, sweet mother, many years have passed 

Since thy pure spirit fled from earth away. 
Leaving thy child to wander sadly on, 

Forlorn, dispirited, through life's dark way. 
And yet, dear mother, though thy form has fled, 

Thy early teachings have not all been vain. 
And oft at eve in fancy's tones I hear 

Thy fervent prayers poured forth for me again. 
Full oft thy gentle spirit has been grieved, 

Dear mother, for the deeds thy child had done; 
Full oft the tears had coursed thy saddened cheek, 

In sorrow for thy wild, misguided son. 
Mother, though far away from childhood's home, 

Thy image from my heart shall ne'er be cast; 
Onward and upward through the world I'll go 

And in our Savior's realm we'll meet at last, 
Winchester, Va. 



THE MOTHER OP JESUS. 



She is growing old. In a score of years Jerusa- 
lem will be destroyed, but she will not be there. 
Lamech died five years before the flood, and Me- 
thuselah died the same year in which the windows 
of heaven were opened, and the fountains of the 
great deep were broken up. Like them, she will be 
taken away from the evil to come. The time of her 
departure draws apace. For weeks the events of 
the past have been viewed in her memory; especial- 
ly the thrilling incidents of her young motherhood, 
which have long been hidden in her heart, and the 
tragic scenes of the cross are now continually be- 
fore her. These had ever been the fountain of her 
life, but they come with a stranger sweetness as she 
nears the end of her journey. None can enter into 
her feelings, for none have had an experience like 
hers. Of all women, she has been infinitely favored 
in being the mother of Jesus, and she is lost in won- 
der why this is so. Other women have been justly 
proud when their sons were honored, but her Son is 
now reigning on high as the only Potentate, the 
King of kings, and Lord of lords, and yet h^ow 
strangely humble she feels! How exalted is he, 
and how lowly her estate; and yet she knows that 
he still loves her as when, in childhood, he leaned 
on her bosom in Nazareth of Galilee. If he had 
thought of her and commended her to the care of 
his beloved disciple, when he was in agony on the 
cross, he will not forget her now when he is in glory 
and she is old, and all earthly friends must soon 
fail her. His love for others and his relation to 
them will not cause him to love her less. There is 
room in his great heart for all. 

She thinks of him as he was helpless and weak 
and poor, when she laid him in the manger. She 
recalls the joy of the aged Simeon and Anna, when 
they beheld her infant Son, and ponders over the 
strange visit of the wise men from the East and 
their humble adoration. Her heart again throbs 
within her as she hears of the wrath of Herod, and 
she retraces the steps of the midnight journey into 
Egypt, Again she returns with him to Nazareth; 
and she knows how big with meaning were all these 
things. She had seen them but dimly then. 

She thinks of him as he knew letters, never having 
learned, as he was familiar with the lore of the 
world and without effort transcended the wisdom of 
the Rabbins. She again searches for him on the 
way to Jerusalem, and finds him in the temple, and 
sees him astonish the great doctors with his knowl- 
edge of his Father's business. She sees him leave 
the temple and return with her to Nazareth and 
continue subject to her. She marvels as he enters 
the carpenter shop and works with a skill that came 
not from learning the trade. She knows many 
houses in Nazareth that have traces of his perfect 
workmanship; and she thinks of him as without 
hands he is now preparing for his loved ones man- 
sions in the skies! And she knows that the humble 



February 6, 1897. 

hand that once shoved the plane is now wielding 
the sceptre of the universe! 

She rejoices that he was a friend of the poor, and 
by his own example has made honorable their toil. 
She thinks of his pure, young life as he grew in fa- 
vor with God and man, and of his regular attend- 
ance upon divine service in his own city. The mys- 
tery attaching to most of his early life, which was 
hidden from others, is very precious to her. She re- 
calls the dark day when Joseph died, and when in 
her deep distress.//* came to her and was her comfort 
and support; and she wishes that all others in trouble 
could lean upon his strong arm as she had done. 
Knowing him has taken away all her fears, for, as 
he has sustained her in her past bereavements, he 
will not forsake her when the future shadows shall 
fall. 

Once more she sees him baptized in Jordan, and 
her heart is still as she beholds the white dove de- 
scend upon his noble form, and hears the voice of 
God acknowledging him from the clouds. Again 
she follows him on many a weary journey and be- 
holds the wonderful works he wrought among the 
people. The lips that first whispered her own name 
she hears speak as never man spake. Nearer and 
nearer his hour approaches until the traitor comes 
and he is led away to be crucified. The awful 
scenes that followed are written in eternal charac- 
ters upon her heart. But the shadows of the cross 
are dissipated when she remembers what followed. 
She had seen him alive again and communed with 
him, and he had called her by name! She had also 
beheld him ascend to heaven in a cloud, and had 
received his promise that he would come again. 
But even since his ascension he did not seem far 
away. His spirit was ever with her, and she 
seemed often to hear his footsteps and to feel his 
presence. She had seen his teaching spread over 
the world, and knew thousands whose lives had 
been transformed by the power of his Gospel. She 
had nobly done her part in the work of the great 
church at Jerusalem, and had tearfully told the sto- 
ry of the infant Jesus and the glorified Savior. She 
could not minister to him now as she had done 
when he was a helpless babe, but she could minister 
to others in his name, and thus serve him. There 
was a strangely sweet interest about the service of 
the church at Jerusalem, as the mother of Jesus was 
among the worshipers! Even the life of the be- 
loved John was made richer because of the presence 
in his home of the mother of his Lord. But she 
can not stay. Her affections have stolen away and 
preceded her upward. The glad day has come for 
her to go. Her weary feet will soon stand within 
thy gates. O Jerusalem. The low murmur of voices 
and the subdued sobbing of loved ones around her 
she heeds not, as a strange light breaks upon her, 

d she hears celestial symphonies from the glory 
shore. White-winged messengers — jasper walls — 
pearly gates— golden streets— life's river— and she 

with him! — A. Martin in the Christian Standard. 



" He guided by paths that I could not see, 

By ways that I have not known, * 

The crooked was straight, and the rough made plain, 

As I followed the Lord alone. 
I praise him still for the pleasant palms, 

And the water-springs by the way: 
For the glowing pillars of flame by night. 

And the sheltering clouds by day," 

We live so much way down in the valley. Some- 
!mes we rise by faith to mountain tops, but we 
should strive to occupy constant// a high plane of 
Christian enjoyment. 

We take up our pen and think we are going to 
write often, or do some other work, but sickness 

rious kinds, and, ere we are aware, a year has gone 
by and we have done very little. 

At this season,— the beginning of a new year, — I 
often think of one of our departed old writers, Bro. 
L. Furry. For a long time before his death he 
would write every new year, almost, on " Redeem- 



February 6, 1897. 

ing the Time." I think of this more since I live 
where, every day I look from my window at his old 
home, where he went in and out in his labors of 
love. They sleep,— these dear old people of the 



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past! 



r much do we appreciate the 



—- ♦ CORRESPONDENCE *~— 



while we enjoy so much that which they have 
won for us? Ars we doing half as much for others 
as they did for us? 

Some months ago, while recovering from sickness, 
1 passed some time in leafing over the old volumes 
of the Gospel Visitor, Not being able to read much, 
I looked at the names of the contributors. I was 
surprised to find that the writers who wrote only 
about 1863, had all passed to their reward excepting 
a few. These few are nearly all active workers yet: 
Brethren Eby, Balsbaugh, Sharp, Wise, Lint and 
several others. Several poems are signed, Boelus. 
If I am not mistaken this is Dr. Brumbaugh, of 
Huntingdon, Pa. 

I notice a late editorial item in the Messenger 
about ministers pounding the desk so hard with 
their fists. I shall never forget the impression this 
kind of preaching made on me when a child, six or 
seven years old. An aged brother, while loudly 
preaching, pounded the desk still louder. I was 
scared, and I can yet see the picture of the young 
people laughing. I walked home with my aunt, 
who was staying with us, and heard the young peo- 
ple laughing and talking about the sermon. I felt 
bad in everything about it. I thought the preacher 
ought not to have pounded so ugly; then it hurt me 
so to hear the crowd laugh at the church my moth- 
er belonged to. The community was an intelligent 
one, and the congregations nearly always large for 
the place. They would have respected good rea- 
soning on any subject. I fear all ministers cannot 
always shake the dust from their feet as did the apos- 
tles. They don't all say " Peace " in the right way. 
Several years ago I visited the place where this 
occurred, the village of Buffalo Mills, Pa. I spent 
an evening in this once consecrated old house, — a 
place very sacred to me, it having been built by my 
father and used for a select school and for a church. 
1 walked around in it and looked at it, now dese- 
crated. I looked from the window at the village. 
I saw my father's house where, forty years ago, he 
went to, from this school-room, the last time, and, 
in several days, lay dead.. I, a little, prattling two- 
year old child, looked on, not knowing what these 
sad scenes were, or would bring to me in coming 
years. I watched "the summer sun go down the 
sky," just as it had bathed these foothills of the Al- 
leghanies so long ago when, with sad hearts, the 
students followed their loved teacher to his grave 
and then lingered for a few days, and went out from 
this door forever. I lingered till the twilight gath- 
ered and darkness fell on all around. Pictures of 
the past that I could remember, some sweet, some 
sad, came before me as I stood and looked where 
the old desk used to stand. Among all these came 
back the picture of this terrible pounding the desk. 
How inconsistent we act sometimes! We blame 
other people for not obeying the commandments! 
How many commandments do we disobey on 
Thanksgiving Day when there is worship in our 
churches and we are too worldly to go. We are 
taught in Holy Writ to obey the rulers of our land, 
to praise God, to give to the poor. Our President 
tells us to do all this and yet our ministers preach 
to a few and the majority are at home, perhaps 
some of them butchering or doing rough work. 
Can we expect blessings to follow so much worldli- 
ness. 

We naturally expect when a minister reports a 
meeting, a good deal of spirituality about it. I 
read a report of a meeting, — a love feast, — some 
time ago (not one of ours) by a minister. I could 
not find anything in it, above the things of time and 
sense. It was nearly all about things pertaining to 
the stomach. 
New Enterprise, Pa. 



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From Clarence, Iowa. 

At our last quarterly council we chose sister 
Nannie Bear as church correspondent, but as she 
has not been well since, I will take the liberty of 
penning these few lines. 

I like to read church news, especially when it 
gives comfort. I take this method now, to say to 
my dear brethren and sisters, who so kindly re- 
membered us, when we met with the loss of our 
home, that you occupy a very warm spot in our 
hearts, and have our sincere gratitude. We also 
wish to say that our new home is ever open as a 
resting place for our Brethren, 

Bro. D. L. Miller's visit to us was very highly 
enjoyed by our Brethren and friends, and we trust 
many lasting impressions were made, 

We have made our Sunday school evergreen. 
This is as it should be in all our schools, when pos- 
sible. Whilst the weather may not, at all times, be 
favorable, yet the leisure time for the majority of 
Sunday school attendants and especially Sunday 
school teachers, should certainly raise the standard 
of their proficiency. 

We received two by letter since our feast. 
Brethren and sisters, may we all " strive lawfully " 
in the Master's work, and be very diligent, for the 
days of our usefulness will sqon be past to many of 
us. John Zuck. 

fan. 20. ^ 

A Visit to Liberty, III. 

he Mission Board of Southern Illinois have 
long felt the desire of some one of the Board to 
visit their several fields during the year. Accord- 
ingly, by the earnest requests of our missionary, 
Bro. G. W. Cripe, the writer spent five days in the 
mission field in Adams County, during the latter 
part of December. I would here suggest that all 
Mission Boards visit their different fields 
ally. 

We enjoyed a Communic 
bers at Liberty on Christmas eve. This is the con- 
gregation in which Eld. George Wolfe labored, 
and, we think, the oldest organization in the State, 
As for the work, I find the field large and promis- 
ing. While Bro. Cripe has done a goood work, 
there remains much more to do, both in and out of 
the church. Those who are within must be 
tured and cared for, and efforts must be made to 
reach new territory. This congregation is in need 
of a resident minister,— a good, earnest worker. 
They number about ninety members, and while 
they have a good house of worship and several 
deacons, they have no preacher. Many of them 
came only recently to the church, but all are strong 
in the faith. We enjoyed our stay with the mem- 
bers very much and met with them seven times for 
worship. Here we met also Bro. H. W. Strickler, 
of Loraine, Bro. Lierly, of Concord, and Bro. B 
F. Britt, of Barry. We enjoyed their company. 
John Arnold. 

Lintner, III., Jan. 22. 



The man who is shut out of the sunshine of life 
may condole himself in the feeling, that the shade 
is more conducive to contemplation. 



1 with the 



From tbe Baltimore Mission, Aid. 

Our Port of Baltimore Mission Sunday school, at 
Locust Point, is composed of very poor children. 
Some of them come with scarcely any shoes on 
their feet. Many of them are the " Fresh Air 
Children " whom the Brethren in the Valley of Vir- 
ginia entertained last summer for two weeks. 
Next summer I will send them out, As our Breth- 
ren took good care of them, I am now reaping the 
benefit. They come to school without their break- 
fast, or, perhaps, they do not have any to eat. I 
never had children so obedient and so apt. I 
bought twenty- four pair of good, shop-worn shoes 



for S5.00 yesterday. They also need stockings and 
lothing. If the Brethren have any cast-off cloth- 
ing, they will please forward it, at once, by freight. 
By telling the different railroad and steamboat 
companies that the goods are for the poor, they 
will give free transportation. The Brethren made 
some families happy on Jan. 1, by sending a large 
consignment of groceries, provisions, clothing, etc. 
I can use papers and books in all languages. 

James T. Quinlan, 
305 S. Charles St, Jan. 23. 



A joint session of the Mission Boards of the 
Middle and Northern Districts of Indiana, was held 
in the College building at North Manchester, Ind , 
Jan. 11. It was decided to admit Ft. Wayne as a 
city in which to do mission work. Elders Wm. R. 
Deeter and Jacob Snell were selected to organize 
the members residing there into a working body, 
and Eld. Daniel Snell was chosen as evangelist to 
break to them the Bread of Life, for the ensuing 
six months after organization. 

The City of Fort Wayne being situated on the 
line between the above-named Districts, the church 
so organized shall be represented in District Meet- 
ing in the District in which said church shall meet 
to worship. Eld. Wm. R. Deeter is to give them a 
series of doctrinal discourses at the time, or soon 
after, organization. The Mission Board of Middle 
Indiana selected Bro. J. H. Wright to conduct a se- 
ries of meetings at the Beaver Creek house in the 
Winnemac church, and Bro. M. L. Hahn to con- 
duct a series of meetings at or near the Snowflake 
schoolhouse, in the Kniman church. 

Monthly meetings have been held the past year 
at the Snowflake schoolhouse, Jasper Cn , at Ke- 
wanna church, Fulton Co., and at the'Beaver Creek 
churchhouse, Pulaski Co. The Board also aided, to 
some extent, at Honey Creek, White County. 
Truly, the " harvest is great and the laborers few! " 
May we put forth greater efforts and more earnest- 
ly labor, that souls may be won to Christ! 

W. S. Toney, Sec. 
Walton, Ind., Jan, 22. 

Florida Field Notes. 

Jan. 7 we began a series of meetings at Keuka, 
and continued each evening until Sunday, the 17th. 
Bro, J. C. Lahman preached for us on Sunday 
morning. Eld. E. J. Neher was preparing to leave 
us directly after the meetings, but his entire family, 
excepting himself, was taken with la grippe during 
the meetings, besides a number of other people in 
the community, which very materially affected our 
meetings. 

While at Keuka we held a love feast with our 
dear old Sister Wigfield, who is now daily expect- 
ing to take her departure to the spirit land. 



1 (as she is called by 
e of the excellent workers at Keuka. 
' Grandma " Baker, another faithful 
k during our meetings, called for th< 
,s anointed. 



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During our two months' stay in Florida we have 
assisted in anointing four sisters, which evidences 
that Bible doctrine has been taught, and is being 
lived out, here, 

We had no accessions to the church at Keuka, 
but the results are left with the Lord, and we had 
the promise from some of our members to be more 
active in the work of the Lord in the future. 

We are enjoying beautiful weather at present, but 
considerable la grippe prevails throughout the 



try. 



C. D. Hylton. 



,Fla.Ja) 



From Frultdale, Alabama. 



The writer, in company with a number of breth- 
ren and sisters from the North, arrived at Fruit- 
dale, Jan. 7. On the evening of the same day, the 
church met in council, preparatory to the love 
feast. The members had been visited by the dea- 



ade their report; 
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cons in the usual way, and they 
at this meeting. All matters ' 
order for a Communion occasion. 

Jan. 9, at 10 o'clock A. M., we assembled in the 
Seminary Chapel and listened to a very edifying 
sermon by Bro. W. H. Boggs, of Covington, Ohio. 
At 2 P. M. we convened again for preaching serv- 
ice, and again at 



the 



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ficiated. Between forty and fifty communicants 
surrounded the Lord's table, and this, the first love 
feast of the Brethren in the State of Alabama, was 
a most enjoyable and edifying one. 

On the following day we enjoyed Sunday school 
and two preaching services together, and when the 
day was done we felt that it had not been spent in 
vain and that the Lord had been with us and 
blessed us in our efforts. 

At this meeting we had representatives from ten 
different States; and, as we were thus assembled 
from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illi- 
nois, Iowa, Missouri .Kansas, Nebraska and Ten- 
nessee, enjoying the balmy breezes and sweet 
sunshine of this genial clime, as well as the spirit- 
ual blessings which the occasion afforded, we- felt 
that the Lord had brought us together thus for 
no mean purpose. And when it is remembered 
that, less than two years ago, there was not a mem- 
ber of the Brethren church located in Southern 
Alabama, and that now there are more than fifty of 
our people here, with an organized church, with 
Sunday school and prayer meeting and regular 
preaching appointments at several different places, 
we feel that we have much to be thankful for, as 
well as much for which to strive, 

On Monday evening, following the feast, the Bi- 
ble Term in the Sem nary was organized with a 
good enrollment, and a very encouraging interest 
manifested. . This Bible Term continues two weeks. 
Bro. J. W. Moore, of Tiffin, Ohio, was engaged to 
assist in this part of the work, and though it was 
not the writer's privilege to remain, the beginning 
of this session of Bible study gave promise of much 
blessing to those who took part in it. 

James M. Neff. 

From the Ludlow Church, Ohio. 

Eld. I. J. Rosenberger, of Covington, began a 
series of meetings in the Pittsburg house, Dec. 24, 
and preached both day and evening, except Mon- 
days and Saturdays, until Jan. 19. The attendance- 
was very encouraging, though much of the time the 
roads were bad and the weather inclement. 

On account of ill health our worthy elders,— To- 
bias Kreider and Jesse Stutsman, — were not permit- 
ted to attend the meetings regularly. 

Bro. Rosenberger makes preaching his business 
and, surely, he has his heart and soul in the cause 
of bringing souls to Christ. 

He made several calls while with us and induced 
some to attend the meetings who are not a church- 
going class of people. One-half hour song service 
was engaged in before preaching each evening. 
The sermons were inseresting and impressive. Fif- 
teen precious souls were made willing to accept 
Christ and were baptized. Some of these have been 
Sunday school pupils, but. while most of them are 
heads of families and on the sunny side of forty, a 
few are well up in years. Many others who are too 
worthy not to have a Christian home and who 
would be ornaments to the church and the Sunday 
school, seem to be very near the kingdom. The 
members have been greatly edified and encouraged. 
Bro. Daniel Garver is expected to begin a series of 
meetings in the Painter Creek house Feb. 6. 

Levi Minnich. 
Painter Creek, Ohio, Jan. 33, 



From the Tuscarawas Church, Ohio. 

We have arranged to conduct a series of meetings 
in what is known as the Eden house, commencing 
on the evening of Dec, 12. At that time Bro. Quin- 
cey Leckrone, of Ziontown, Ohio, started the work 
but, in a few days, to our regret, he took sick, and 



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returned home. The writer at that time had not 
returned from a series of meetings at Cloverdale, 
Ohio, hence, when home was reached, the meetings 
were over. Wife being sick at the time, we could 
not then continue the meetings, but commenced 
meetings at the Zion house on Christmas Day. 
After preaching several sermons, I received a call 
to attend a funeral in the Sugar Creek church. 
There I became very sick, and on my return home 
the work could scarcely be continued. 

We then solicited Bro F. B. Weimer to con- 
tinue the work. Bro. Weimer consented and the 
meetings grew in interest from the start. One 
week from the time he arrived, just when the work 
was well under way, the illness of his brother de- 
manded his presence at home and so our meetings 
had to close. Much good, we believe, was done, 
however, and we hope to try again in the future. 
" Man proposes but God disposes." At this writing 
our health is much improved. We hope to be re- 
membered at a Throne of Grace. 

Reuben Shroyer. 

Pierce, Ohio, Jan. zr. 



From the Woodberry Church, Baltimore. Md. 

Bro. S. O. Larkins, one of our home ministers, 
who has so ably and efficiently filled the office of 
Superintendent of our Sunday school here, for 
about three years, was again re-elected for the year 
1897. We also have a Young People's Meeting 
here at this place. These meetings are for all the 
members to take part in, 

Bro. D. S. Wolf, of Collington, Md., was in our 
midst on Sunday evening, Jan. 17, and was especial- 
ly well pleased with the way our Young People's 
Meeting is conducted, under the leadership of Bro. 
Joseph J. Ellis, who has done so much to make this 
particular department of church work a success. 

Bro. Wolf lives in an isolated district, but ex- 
pressed a willingness and hearty desire to take an 
active part in a meeting of this kind, if he were so 
situated that he could. 

Bro. Jacob A. Bricker, of Downsville, Md., com- 
menced a series of meetings Jan. 3, and continued 
until Jan. 17, preaching, in all, sixteen able, in- 
structive and soul-cheering sermons. Bro. Bricker 
is a good, plain, practical man. He preaches the 
Word as it stands in the Book. 

Sunday evening, Jan. 10, brethren Samuel H. Utz 
and Geo. S. Harp, of Frederick County, Md., and 
also members of the Mission Board from the Pipe 
Creek and Meadow Branch congregations, stopped 
over on their return from Phcenix, — a mission point 
on the Northern Central Railway,— where they had 
been sent by the General Mission Board. We were 
encouraged by their presence and by what they 
had to say. Although there were no accessions to 
the church, as an immediate result from the series 
of meetings, we cannot help but feel greatly en- 
couraged and strengthened by the earnest efforts 
put forth by Bro. Bricker, while in our midst. One 
dear soul, who had strayed away from the Father's 
house, was again brought back to the fold since the 
series of meetings closed. J. S. Law. 

Baltimore, Md.,Jan. 38. 



From Canton, Ohio. 



Our meetings in the city, which we began Jan. 10, 
closed last night. They were well attended and a 
good interest manifested both by friends and mem- 
bers. The sentiments of many were expressed on 
the last evening, in these words; "The last 
two weeks have been the pleasantest we have ever 
spent in this city, because of the visitations and 
ministrations of God's Holy Spirit." " The 
preached Word and associations of God's people 
were dear to us." 

Many of the members were not acquainted with 
each other until these meetings. While there were 
no accessions during the meetings, some expect to 
come soon. Some who had wandered away will 
return in the near future. 

We number about forty members in the city, and 
through earnest work we believe many may be 



February 6, 1897. 

found who were identified with the church in form- 
er years and who, for want of a home and a place 
of worship, have gone with some of the popular 
churches. We have learned that the doctrine of 
the church, as advocated by the Brethren, when 
rightly represented, is as acceptable to the people 
in our cities as in the rural districts, 

In our experience in city work we have learned a 
few things, hence these suggestions: 

1. Advertise every meeting in the daily papers, 

2. You should have services at least every Sun- 
day. To have meetings only every alternate week 
or once in a month will not enable you to hold your 
congregation. 

3. Visit from house to house, especially those 
that attend the meetings. 

4. Distribute tracts while you visit and say a few 
words in their favor. To simply throw them on the 
front porch will do very little good. 

5. Good singing is essential. 

6. A season of prayer, especially on Sunday even- 
ing, interspersed with singing, to continue for half an 
hour, will be helpful to the laity and give all an op- 
portunity to work. The blessed power of prayer is 
shown in Acts 4: 31. The place was shaken where 
God's people prayed and the Holy Ghost was be- 
stowed on all. At Philippi the old prison walls were 
shaken, while Paul and Silas prayed, and souls 
sleeping in sin were happily converted. 

We were much encouraged during the meetings 
that we could call on so many of our dear brethren 
and sisters who were not only willing but ready to 
lead the congregation in public prayer. Our elder, 
S. Sprankle, who had promised to be with us during 
the meetings, could not do so because of sickness. 
We hope he may be with us some future time: 

John F. Kahler. 

1821 East Tuscarawas St., Jan 25. 



From Sharpsburg, Md. 



The Brethren in this historic town secured the 
M. E. church, in which began a series of meetings 
Jan. 6, and continued until the 22nd. The attend- 
ance and interest were good throughout. Five per- 
sons decided to be baptized. We trust they may 
enjoy their change of relationship, and walk in new- 
ness of life. 

This is an old town, containing about two thou- 
sand inhabitants, with six churches. It is noted, 
chiefly, for the bloody but indecisive battle, fought 
in its suburbs, Sept. 17, 1862. A National Cemetery, 
at the eastern end of the town, contains the mortal 
remains of 4.667 Union soldiers, while at least an 
equal number of the opposing army fell victims to 
the cruel fate of war. A much larger number were 
wounded. Some of them died and others were 
maimed for life. 

A drive over the well-graded and paved avenues, 
constructed by the government, gives one a fairly 
correct idea of the extent and inevitable results of 
such a conflict of men and arms. Large shafts, nu- 
merous tablets and silent artillery mark the places 
of the severest engagements. Other places of his- 
toric interest are " Burnside's Bridge," " Bloody 
Lane," and the " Dunker church." This house was 
erected in 1853. It stood within the lines of battle 
and was partly demolished by the batteries of both 
armies. After the battle it was. used as a hospital 
for both the " Blue " and the " Gray." It is a silent 
witness of human carnage. The building was re- 
paired in 1864, since which time it is regu'arly used 
as a house of worship by the brethren of the " Ma- 
nor " congregation. It is about twelve miles from 
Hagerstown, and twenty from Frederick. The old 
house is about one mile from the town. An effort 
will be made by the members of Sharpsburg and 
vicinity to build a meetinghouse in the town, and 
we hope they will be successful. It would be a 
good measure, from a missionary standpoint, as a 
large number of persons from various parts of this 
country visit this town and learn, for the first time, 
of the history, or even the name, of our Fraternity- 
Visitors sometimes spend weeks and months m this 
pleasant summer resort and a house of worship >° 



February 6, 1897. 

town would afford not only a place in which they 
could meet with us in worship, but an excellent 
place to distribute tracts, which would thus be car- 
ried all over the United States, bearing on their 
pages the doctrine of the Prince of Peace. The 
great respect shown* to our services is a good evi- 
dence of the light and influence which our members 
exert upon their neighbors. They have an " open 
door " before them. May the Lord help them use 
it to his glory! S. F. Sanger. 

Jan. 23. . 



The Mission Board desires to address the mem- 
bers generally, and especially the elders: We fear 
the mission work will suffer. Calls go unheeded. 
Some one will be called to account for not doing his 
duty. Who will say, "It is I?" Who is responsi- 
ble, — the Mission Board or the members who com- 
pose our District? We fear the mission work is 
not receiving the support it should (in fact, we 
know it is not), and while we feel very thankful to 
the General Mission Board for their financial help, 
as well as for the wise instructions received from 
them, we fear that we are not receiving the sup- 
port from the churches of our District that we 
should. 

While we do not wish to dictate to any one, and 
would rather receive instructions, yet, in looking 
over a life of fifty years, we are fully 
that, when we give liberally, we will recei 
turn, bountifully. When we remember 
Savior's language, "Ask and you shall 
etc., the query in our mind is, Are we seeking, ask- 
ing and knocking as we ought? 

We would say to our dear elders of the District, 
never to fail, when in annual council, to impress 
upon the members, their duty towards the support 
of our different missions. Appoint solicitors who 
will work and then the cause will prosper. One 
cent a week, asked of each member, is a small sum, 
and yet we fail, often, to receive that, while many 
of us spend more than that amount for unnecessary 
things. 

Now that we have entered upon a new year, may 
we all double our diligence, and send to the mis- 
sion, not only one, but two or more cents a week, 
that the work may be more prosperous in the fu- 
ture, than it has been in the past! Then no one's 
hands will be tied, because of a lack of means. 

Philip Landis, Sec. 
Osborne, Kans., Jan 27, 



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Notes x from x our x Correspondents. 



From the Berrien Mission Field, Mich. 

I have just closed an interesting series of meet- 
ings in the little town of Sawyer, on the border of 
Lake Michigan, where none of our brethren had 
ever preached. 

Sister Bone, — the only member living >n that lo- 
cality, — procured the use of the schoolhouse, and 
invited us to preach to her people. D -iring the first 
week the weather was very gloomy, yet the house 
was filled. Then the Congregational society invit- 
ed us over into their house of worship, where the 
meetings were then continued. 

Some said, "The doctrine is new," meaning they 
never heard it preached, but believe it to be true. 
Then we wondered how we, as a Brotherhood, shall 
meet the " Go ye into all the world," on the day of 
judgment, when mortals so near home tell us that 
the doctrine of the Bible is new. 

Elkhart County, Ind., has within its boundary 
eleven organized churches, with a membership of 
nearly two thousand, and a ministerial force of 
above forty, while Berrien County, Mich., has 
organized church, a membership of seventy-nine 
two ministers. Come over and help us! 

As an immediate result of the meetings there 1 
two accessions and arrangements were made for 
preaching at this point twice a month. 

D . Eli Roose. 

Buchanan, Mich., Jan, 23, 



Notice to the Churches of Middle Pennsylvania. 
—The District Meeting for 1897 will be held in the 
Clover Creek church, Blair Co., April 14. As this 
is a departure from the usual time, the churches 
will please take notice and appoint their councils 
accordingly.— Jos. A. Sell, Moderator. 

Special Notice.— We desire to hear from each 
sub-district of First District of Virginia not later 
than the last of March. Report; Amounts collected, 
number of accessions to the church at mission 
points, time engaged in mission work, at what 
points, etc. We cannot have a full report at our 
coming District Meeting unless you all report to 
me. — S. L. Shaver, Secretary and Treasurer First 
District of Virginia, Troutville, Va., Jan. 27. 

Wichita, Kans.— Jan. 9 Bro. Wm. Sell, of Fre- 
donia, Karis., came to us and began preaching on 
the evening of the same day. He continued each 
evening until Jan. 24. He returned Jan. 27. We 
were made to realize, more than ever, the force of 
the language of Paul, in Heb. 4: 12. One was bap- 
tized and one reclaimed. Five applicants are to be 
baptized after the return of Eld. Sell. Conviction 
was driven to the hearts of others. — N. Highbarger, 
Jan. 25. 

Okaw Church, 111. — Bro. Isaac Brubaker, of La- 
place, 111., commenced a series of meetings at the 

ichoolhouse Jan. 9 and closed Jan. 26. He 
preached twenty-three interesting sermons. The 

as well filled and good attention was given. 
The song service was good also. Two souls, — a fa- 

1 mother, — were tired of sin and were bap- 
tized on the cold Sunday of Jan. 24. This was the 
first meeting for Bro. Brubaker in this church.—/. 
R, Henricks, Laplace, 111,, Jan. 27. 

Live Oak Church, Texas.— Dec. 26, at 2 P. M., 
the members, belonging to the Brethren's colony at 
this place, met in council. All matters were dis- 
posed of in a spirit of love. Bro. G. H. Wilt, was 
elected deacon to assist Bro. Buckley. Sister Fan- 
nie Wilt (the writer) was elected correspondent. 
Bro. Bowman and five others were with us. Our 
members are few, — only sixteen. We have preach- 
ing every fourth Sunday by Bro. Tennison, who is an 
interesting speaker. — Fannie Wilt, Weatherford, Ttx., 
Jan. 24. 

Bradford, Iowa.— Bro. J. O. Beaver, of Freder- 
icksburg, began a series of meetings for us Dec. 20, 
and closed Jan. 15. The meetings were well at- 
tended, considering the almost impassable condi 
tions of the roads, and the fact that two other re- 
vival meetings were being held at the same time, in 
the same locality. Bro. Beaver was compelled, on 
account of sickness, to postpone the meetings a 
week. The interest was good, and all were much 
encouraged by Bro. Beaver's good preaching.— Ella 
Ullom, Jan. 23. 

Prairie Creek Church, Ind.— This church has 
just closed an interesting series of meetings, con- 
ducted by Eld. Joseph Spitzer, of Summitville, Ind. 
He commenced on Jan. 5, and closed on the even- 
ing of Jan 23, preaching twenty-eight interesting 
sermons. One was baptized, and one received by 
letter. During the past year three were baptized, 
five received by letter, and one reclaimed. During 
our meeting Sister Amy V. Ellis, of the Lancaster 
churci', conducted song service.— John Minnich, Mi. 
Zion, Ind.. Jan. 24. 

Circleville, Kans.— The good work of the Lord 
is still going on here. Eld. C. C. Root, our Dis 
trict evangelist, is still preaching for us. Twelvt 
have been baptized, with one applicant not yet bap 
tized. Although the roads are almost impassable 
the attendance has been good. Though mercury 
stood at eight degrees below yesterday, the ice was 
removed and four were baptized, — one, a sister, 
who came to the water's edge by the aid of a crutch 
and stepped in for the spiritual healing. — M. C. 
Stephenson, Jan. 25. 



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Upper Cumberland Church, Pa.— Bro. J. K. 
Miller came to us Jan 13 and preached fifteen ser- 
mons at the Huntsdale house. One sister was re- 
claimed, five were received by baptism and we have 
several more applicants for baptism. Bro. Silas 
Hoover held a series of meetings at the Green 
Spring meetinghouse (same congregation), which 
resulted in twenty-two baptisms and several appli- 
cants.—/. E. Holinger, Mooredale, Pa,, Jan. 26. 

Ft. Hoover, Va.— We have juat closed a very in- 
teresting series of meetings at the Mt, Zion church. 
Bro. John F. Driver, of Timberville, Va., did the 
preaching. He came to us Jan. 11 and remained 
until Jan. 24, preaching, in all, sixteen instructive 
sermons. The attendance and attention were very 
good. The members were encouraged. Five pre- 
cious souls were made willing to forsake sin, and 
were received into the church by baptism. Others 
were almost persuaded.— J. H. /Cagey, Jan, 25. 

Mountville Church, Pa.— We closed our meet- 
ings Jan. 26, at the East Petersburg house. These 
services were conducted by Bro. Jacob K. Pfautz, of 
Farmersville, Pa. He came to us Jan, 9, and 
preached, in all, twenty-one soul-cheering sermons. 
Four precious souls united with the children of 
God. We have great reason to believe that many 
)re were almost persuaded. The meetings were 
11 attended. The Brethren feel greatly encour- 
ed in the good work. — Daniel M. Stauftcr, East 
Petersburg, Pa,, Jan. 26. 
Lordsburg, Cal.— Eld. I. D. Parker, of Elkhart, 
id., came to us, recently, and held a series of 
meetings in the Lordsburg church, continuing four 
weeks. His discourses were interwoven with the 
experimental, practical, and doctrinal in Christian 
life, containing rich food for all. The church 
was much revived. Her stakes were fastened and 
her chords strengthened. Eighteen were added to 
the church by baptism. After resting a few days, 
Bro. Parker will commence a series of meetings in 
the Covina church.—/. S, Mohler. 

Oakland, Iowa.— Bro. Peter Brower, of South 
English, Iowa, came to us Jan. 10, and began a 
series of meetings the night of the 17th at our 
schoolhouse. There was good attendance and at- 
tention. Jan. 22 he received a telegram that his 
mother, who was sick when he left home, was 
worse, and he had to leave us. He preached six 
sermons while here, and endeared himself to us all. 
We are living isolated from the Brethren, and his 
visit to us was as an oasis in the desert. If he 
could have stayed longer, I think some would have 
united with the church.— Wm. A, Pope Jan. 28. 



Lower Twin Church, Ohio.— We have just 
a very interesting series of meetings. On th< 
ing of Jan. 9 Bro. David S. Filbrum came to 
preached, in all, twenty-five very instructh 
mons, closing Sunday evening, Jan. 24. Th( 
est and attendance were very good. Two p; 
souls were added to the fold by baptism, and 
will follow soon. Our home ministers,— H< 
Garver and Brubaker, — were present. Ou 
brother, Landon West, who attends nearly 
meeting, could not, on account of infirmity, 
all of these meetings. We very much appre 
Bro. Filbrum's labors of love among us.- 
Kinsey, Gratis, Ohio, Jan. 26. 



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Osage Church, Kans.— Our Bible No 
began Jan. 13, ciosed to-day at noon. The interest 
was good irom the beginning. The attendance 
from adjoining churches was not as large as we 
expected, but we learn it was due to the fact that 
some did not feel themselves financially able. We 
believe when once we attend these Bible Nor- 
mals, we will be willing to sacrifice in something, so 
that we may be able to enjoy them. Much credit 
is due Bro. S. Z. Sharp for his untiring zeal and ef- 
fort to instruct the people. Seemingly Bro. Sharp 
is yet a young man, although past sixty years. The 
Osage church was much built up, and the influence 
of this B,ble Normal will never be fully known in 
this life, Bro. Sharp goes from here to Girard, 
Kans., to hold a three days' meeting in the court- 
house.— Salem Beery, McCune, Kans,, Jan, 27. 



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Topeco Church, Va.-Bro. J. W. Ell- 
er, of Salem, Roanoke Co.. Va , came to 
us Jan. 3, and preached for us till Jan. 
\y, delivering, in all, twenty-six soul- 
cheering sermons. Ten came out on 
the Lord's side, and one was reclaimed. 
The members were much built up and 
encouraged. — Harvey Weddle,Jan. 20. 

Troutville, Va.-Bro. J. C. Beahm 
and wife arc now members of this con- 
gregation, he being in the second de- 
gree of the ministry. Bro, Beahm is 
principal of the Troutville school, and 
also teaches our Bible class each Sun- 
day night at the church. He is a most 
excellent teacher.— S. L. Shaver, Jan. 
'5- 

Durand, WiB.— We are in the midst 
of an interesting series of meetings. 
Bro. C. P. Rowland arrived Jan. 13. 
There is a deep interest manifested. 
The church is well filled each evening. 
So far, twelve have come forward, and 
others are counting the cost. Meet- 
ings will continue the remainder of 
this week.— t. E. Joyce, Jan. 20. 

Woodbury Church, Pa.— Our series 
of meetings began Jan. 2 and closed 
Jan. 17, with one addition to the 
church by baptism. Bro. John Ben- 
net, of Artemas, Pa., preached for us 
until the evening of the 14th, after 
which Bro. H. S. Replogle continued 
the meetings. The Word was held 
forth in its purity. — J. C. Stayer, Jan 24 

Mt. Repose, Ohio. — Bro. Bowser 
came to the Stone Lick church Jan. 9, 
and preached, in all, eighteen interest- 
ing sermons. He would have stayed 
over Sundav, but was called home on 
account of the sickness of his youngest 
son. One dear sister (the youngest 
daughter of the wiiter) made the good 
confession and was baptized.— Lydia 
C. Les/i Jan. 23. 

Chippewa Creek, Mich.— We have 
again enjoyed the blessii gs of a series 
of meetings. Bro. Lair, of the Sugar 
Ridpe church, came to us Dec. 26, and 
continued to hold forth the words of 
Eternal Truth until Jan. 6, preaching 
each evening and twice each Sunday. 
Although we cannot report any acces- 
sions, yet we feel that much good was 
accomplished.- W. F.Jehmen, Rodney. 
Mich. Jan. 2$. 

Elkhart, Ind. — Jan. 17 one lady 
came out on the Lord's side. She is a 
mute, and, with several other mute 
members had the pleasure of enjoying 
the sermon through the interpreter, 
sister Ora Cross. Bro. J. V. Felthouse 
was with us, did the preaching and at- 
tended to the baptismal services. He 
has been away for several weeks, and 
we much enjoyed listening to his warm 
and earnest sermons once more. — S. C. 
Ktndy.Jan. 21, 

Batavia, 111. — We have abruptly 
closed a series of meetings that had 
just reached the height of interest, 
when the minister, Bro. Aaron Sollen 
berger, became very ill, He began to 
preach Jan. 3, and continued for two 
weeks. We had a very good attend- 
ance, and though there were no ad- 
ditions, many were impressed and 
strengthened by the power of the 
Word. Our brother made many friends 
among the people of this city, and 
many were the regrets expressed, when 
our meetings so suddenly closed.— 5. 
E, NetaUy,Jan. 23. 



TUB QOSIPIErj MIESSIEIISrGIEIEi. 



Richland Church, Ohio. -Bro. A. 
Heistand, of Wooster, Ohio, came to 
us Dec. 23, and preached until Jan. 6, 
The congregations were large. Near 
the close of these meetings part of the 
house foundation gave away, but no- 
body was injured. Three souls came 
out on the Lord's side and were bap- 
tized. Bro. Weimer, of Wayne Coun- 
ty, Ohio, intends to begin another 
scries of meetings at this church, com- 
mencing Feb. 6. — Chas. W. Heifer, 
Plymouth, Oh'o.Jan. 24. 

Price's Creek, Ohio. — Bro. B. S. 
Landess came to us Dec. 22, to assist 
us in some meetings. He continued 
preaching for two weeks in his earnest 
way. Jan. 6 he went to the Green Cem- 
etery church, and preached six good 
sermons. Many good impressions 
were made. Bro. A. G. Crosswhite 
came to us Jan. 17 and began preach- 
ing at the Price's Creek church the 
same evening. We are now in the 
midst of some interesting meetings. — 
Jos. Longanecker Jan, 23. 

Medina, Va.— I was permitted to at- 
tend the regular meeting at the Wal- 
nut Grove congregation Jan. 16 and 
17. Eld. J G. Lewis preached two 
soul-cheering sermons. The members 
were greatly encouraged. The church 
at this place was formerly known as 
the Taylor's Valley congregation. 
Since organizing they have adopted 

ie name of Walnut Grove. The 

embers are few in number and are in 
limited circumstances. They are build- 
ing a plain, neat house of worship, and 
would appreciate assistance. Those 
feeling disposed to aid in the woik 
may address, Mrs. S. E. Lewis, Treas- 
urer of the church.—/. E. Parsons, Jan. 

Marsh Creek Church, Pa.-B'o. Or 
ville Long, uf Abbottstown, Pa., com- 
menced a series of meetings at Mt. 
Zion church, south of Gettysburg. Pa., 
(recently purchased from the United^ 
Brethren) Jan. 9, and continued until" 
the 20th. Much interest was manifest 
The congregations increased from 
night to night, until the spacious 
house became crowded with earnest 
listeners. Three were made willing to 
fess Christ and were baptized. 
: was reclaimed, and others have 
mised soon to follow. Bro. Long, 
bv his earnest, practical sermons, daily 
ations and social contact with the 
people, has done much to build up the 
cause of Zion in this community.— J 
D. W, Deardo*fi, Gettysburg, Pa.Jon. 22. 
Salem Church, Ohio.— Our series of 
meetings, conducted by Bro. Samuel 
Horning, closed last night with good 
interest. He preached for us over two 
weeks every night, and also held some 
day meetings. There were two acces- 
sions by baptism, and a number more 
were almost ready to come. Our 
meeting at Georgetown will likely be 
held in February. As stated in a for- 
mer notice, we look for Bro. Isaiah 
Rairigh, of Michigan, to do the preach- 
ing, and hope he will be able to come. 
We are also having good meetings at 
Union, in the " Sheets Hall." There is 
a strong desire for a series of meetings 
at that place, and also for the building 
of a church, which, we think, is much 
needed there. The citizens of the 
town and vicinity offer to assist in the 
building of it.— Jesse K. Brumbaugh, 
Union, Ohio, fan, 20, 



Minister Wanted.— As we are very 
much in need of a minister, why would 
it not be a good plan for some of our 
Eastern churches to do as a certain 
church did in Kansas, where they had 
three ministers? The church held a 
meeting and decided to let one of 
these ministers go to a new field. Are 
there not other able churches that 
might do likewise? Any one wishing 
to know something about our country, 
will please address the writer.— .r?. A. 
Patterson, Pueblo, Colo. 

Sharpsburg, Md.— On the evening 
of Jan. 6 the members here met in the 
Methodist church. Bro. Wm. Wyne, 
of Winchester, Va., happened to arrive 
in time to fill the appointment that 
had been made. Bro. S. F. Sanger, of 
Calverton, Va., failed to reach us at 
the time expected, but Thursday even- 
ng he commenced his meetings, giv- 
ng us, in all, eighteen soul-cheering 
Many hearts were touched. 
: members were much edified, and 
ikened to a fuller sense of their 
duty. Six were made to feel the need 
of following Jesus and were baptized.— 
Samuel H. Neikitkjan. 25. 

Greene, Iowa.— The Greene church 

et in quarterly council Jan. 7. Much 

jsiness came before the meeting. 

which passed off very pleasantly. On 

ng of Jan. 7 Bro. D. B. Eby 

series of meetings, which 

continued until the 24th. On Friday 

;ening he conducted a children's 

eeting. Owing to the inclemency of 

the weather, the meetings were not so 

largely attended. We had a half-hour 

song service before each meeting, 

which prepared our hearts and minds 

he Word. Although there 

essions, we feel that much 

good was done in building up the 

hurch. — A, Gertrude Eikenberry, Jan 

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tom PSON-BUCK.-At the home of the 
bride's father, Bro Abram Buck, of the Pleas- 
nt Prairie church, near Ireton, Iowa, Dec. 30, 
896, by the undersigned, Mr. John Tompson 
and Miss Ellen Buck, both of the above- 
named place. D. A. Miller. 

HECKMAN— GARST.— At the home of the 
bride's parents, Bro. Geo. Garst, near Appa- 
;, Kans., Dec. 24, 1896, by the under- 
signed, Bro. David Heckman and Sister Mag- 
M. Garst. S.J. Miller. 



FALLEN * ASLEEP 



FOUTS.— In the Mexico church, Ind., Dec. 

26, 1896, of a complication of diseases, wife of 

John Fouts, aged 40 years and 6 months. 

was born June 26, 1856, and was married 

Sept. 24, 1874. She called for the elders and 

as anointed. She also enjoyed a Communion 

rvice. Bertha G. Fouts. 

GOOD.— In the Middle River church, Va., 

.n. 17, 1807, Sister Sally Good, aged about 57 

years. She lived a consistent member in the 

Brethren church for a number of years. Fu- 

services by elders J. M. dine and Levi 

Garber, from Luke 12: 40. J. F. Miller. 

MIDDAUGH.— In the Bunker Hill church, 
Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 15, 1897, of lung and 
brain fever, Charles William Chester, little 
son of Jesse and sister Elisabeth Middaugb, 
aged 1 year, 4 months and 7 days. Funeral 
services by brethren Josiah Hochstetler and 
John Yoder, from the words, "Suffer little chil- 
dren to come unto me and forbid them not." 
Sarah M 



February 6, 1897, 

ULREY.— In the bounds of the Cedar Coun- 
ty church, Iowa, at Mu«catine, Oct. 30, 1896, 
of diphtheria, Harry Floyd, son of 'Joseph J. 
and Anna M. Ulrey, aged 7 years, 10 months 
and 28 days. Services by the writer. 

J. E. Keller. 

BARR.— In the Sa'ndy church, at Science 
Hill, Stark Co., Ohio, Jan. 6, 1897, Sister Marv 
Jane Barr, aged 73 years and 9 days. She was 
born in Huntingdon County, Pa. Funeral 
services by the writer, from the words: "Set 
thine house in order." J. J. Hoover. 

MULL. — In the Conestoga church, Lancas- 
ter Co,, Pa., Jan. 14, 1897, Bro. Emmanuel Mull, 
aged 45 years, 11 months and 8 days. Bro. 
Mull was an extreme sufferer, having had five 
attacks of paralysis in the last few years. 
Services by John Landis, of the Mennonite 
church, and the writer. I. W. Taylor. 

KENDALL.— In the Santa Fe congregation, 
Miami Co., Ind., Dec. 16, 1896, little Teddy, 
son of Bro. Joseph and Sister Annie Kendall, 
aged 1 year, 4 months and 16 days. Funeral 

scourse by the writer. W. S. Toney. 

GOUDY.— In the Mississinewa church, Del- 
rare Co., Ind., Jan. 18, 1897, Bro. Edward 
Clifton, son of Bro. John C. and Sister Nancy 
Goudy (deceased), aged 14 years, 8 months 

id 8 days. He dird of typhoid fever. Last 
October his mother and sister preceded him to 
the spirit land. He united with the church 
last winter, during a series of meetings, con- 
ducted by Bro. Dorsey Hodgden. Funeral 

rvices by the writer. 

Geo. L. Studebaker. 

MILLER.— In the Ludlow church, Darke 
Co., Ohio, Jan. 13, 1897, Eva, daughter of 
Brother Levi and Sister Susan Miller, aged 
about 12 years. Funeral by Eld. Tobias 
Kreider, assisted by Bro. John H. Christian. 
Interment in the Harris Creek cemetery, one 
mile north of Bradford, Ohio. Eva was a 
kind, obedient and pious tittle girl, and a very 
active worker in Sunday school. 

Levi Minnich, 

ZIEGLER.— In the Mingo church, Mont- 
gomery Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Amos Ziegler, 
of D. P. Ziegler, aged 27 years, 4 months 
and 24 days. Deceased was born in the Little 
watara congregation, Berks Co., and interred 

Levi Ziegler 
MUMMERT.— In the Scott Valley church, 
Kans., Jan. 15, 1897, of la grippe, Bro. Zacha- 
riah B. Mummert. He was born Jan. 22, 1826, 
n York County, Pa. In 1848 he was united in 
narriage to Sophia C. Bayliss, who still snr- 
/ives him. In 1861 be united with the church, 
ind soon after was chosen to the deaconship, 
which office he faithfully filled until death, 
■"uneral services of both father and son Jan. 
7, by Eld. John Sherfy and Bro. H. C. Smith, 
rom the words, "If a man die, shall he live 
again?" Job 14: 14, Maggie Myers. 

FRANCE.— Near Chivington, Colo., Dec. 1, 
96, of a combination of diseases, Emma 
Elizabeth, only daughter of D. W. and sister 
ce, aged 1 year and 20 days. She was a 
ot little sufferer. Funeral services were 
conducted by Mr. Merrill. 

Lizzie Shoemaker, 

FINKENBINDER. — In the Prairie View 
urch, Scott Co., Kans., Dec. 27, 1896, of per- 
mits, Sister Salome {nee Kinzie), wife of Bro. 
Albert Finkenbinder, aged 26 years, 3 months 
and 18 days. She united with the Brethren 
church at the age of fourteen, and remained 
faithful unto the end At her request she was 
lointed. Funeral services by brethren Ho- 
er Ullom and G. W. Armentrout from 
Thess. 4: 14. Ida M. Hudson. 

HOFFMAN. — Four miles east of Argos, 
Marshall Co., Ind, Jan, 18, 1897, Aaron Hoff- 
aged 67 years and 18 days. Deceased 
born in Cambria County, Pa., Dec. 30, 
He moved to Elkhart County,, Ind., in 
and to Marshall County in 1857. He 
lived on the same farm for nearly forty years, 
minutes before he died be remarked to 
his youngest daughter that he felt as well as 
ion, He was silting in his chair, reading 
the Gospel Messenger, when suddenly, at 
about 4:30 P. M., he dropped his paper, 
groaned, and was dead. He was the first 
member of the Brethren church, to locate in 
what is known as the Walnut church. Funeral 
services by Bro. Geo. Swihart, assisted by 
Henry Dcardorff, from Rev. 14: 12, 13, 

J. P, Hoffman, 



February 6, 1897. 



THE GOSPEL MESSEKGBR. 



MUMMERT.— In the Scott Valley church, 
Kans., Jan. 9, 1897. of la grippe, Bro. Millard 
F., son of Zacbariah B. and Sophia C. Mum- 
mert. He was born June 13, 1850, and united 
with the church in 1871. Maggie Myers. 

MITTAN. — In the South Beatrice church, 
Nebr., Nov. 22, 1896, of scarlet rash, Minnie, 
daughter of brother Jacob and Sister Maria 
Mittan, aged 2 years, 6 months and 14 days. 
Funeral services by Eld. Owen Peters. 

Lvdia Dell. 

THOMAS.— At Findlcy, Ohio, Jan. 9, 1897, 
sister Barbara Thomas, aged 81 years. Funer- 
al services at Ashland, Ohio, Jan. 12, by the 
writer. Burial at the Dickey cemetery. 

W. F. England. 
WORKMAN.— In the Danville congrega- 
tion, Ohio, Jan. 13, 1897, Sister Nancy Work- 
man, aged 69 years, 8 months and 23 days. 
Funeral services by the Brethren from 2 Cor. 
5: I. She was the mother of three children, all 
of whom and the father (Cuthbert Workman) 
preceded her to the spirit world. Deceased 
was a member of the church of the Brethren 
for about 42 years, C. J. Workman. 

BALTOSSER.— In the Perry congregation 
Perry Co., Pa., Jan. 3, 1897, Elizabeth Bal- 
tosser, aged 73 years and 26 days. Sister Bal' 
tosser was an exemplary member of the Breth. 
ren church for a number of years. Some time 
before she died she called for the elders and 
was anointed. Funeral services in the Luther- 
an church, in Blain, conducted by the writ- 
from Rev 2: 10, latter part. E. D. Book, 

MILLER.— In the Middle Creek congrega- 
tion, Somerset Co., Pa., Jan, 5, 1897, Jonathan 
L. Miller, aged 75 years, 7 months and 17 days, 
He was a consistent member of the Brethren 
church for about forty years. He was the fa- 
ther of eight children, — two sons and six 
daughters. Three daughters preceded him to 
the spirit world. Funeral services by the 
writer, assisted by Bro. Robert Hull. 

Valentine Blough. 
REIFF. — In the South Beatrice church, 
Cage Co., Nebr., Jan, 16, 1897, of abscess of the 
lungs. Sister Emma Susan Reiff {nee Gish), 
aged 31 'years, 11 months and 23 days. She 
leaves a kind husband and five little children, 
also an aged father and mother. She came tc 
the cburch when but thirteen years of age, and 
lived a Christian life. Funeral services by 
Eld. Owen Peters from Rev. 7: 13-17. 

Lydia Dell. 
SMITH.— At Harris, Kans., of la grippe, 
Jan. 22, 1897, Sister Ella J., wife of Bro. W. A, 
Smith, aged 41 years, 8 months and 23 days, 
She united with the Brethren about seve 
years ago, and endeavored to live the life of 
Christian until her death. She leaves a soi 
rowing husband, Ave sons and one daughtei 
Funeral services conducted by Bro. Heck, of 
the Old Order Brethren church. 

' Maggie Myers. 
EASH.— Near Shipshewana, Lagrange Co, 
Ind., Jan. 19, 1897, of brain fever, Guy, son o 
friend Thomas Eash and wife, aged 1 year, 1 
months and 2 days. Funeral services at tb< 
Brethren church, conducted by Mr. Preston, of 
the Congregational church. 

Ellen Kauffm 



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